La Vergne crossing guard struck by motorist - WKRN News 2

La Vergne crossing guard struck by motorist

Posted: Updated: March 11, 2013 05:15 PM
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LA VERGNE, Tenn. -

A La Vergne crossing guard was struck by a driver Monday morning.

The incident occurred just after 7 a.m. on Stones River Road, in front of La Vergne Primary School.

Jo Ann Hunter said she was holding both hands and arms out to stop traffic when she was struck.

"When I put my hands up and motioned for the lady to come on out the next thing I know I was being hit," Hunter recalled. "I just went on her hood and slid off and my head hit the pavement."

Hunter was taken to the emergency room where doctors told her she had a slight concussion.

"They gave me a CT Scan of my head and an X-ray of my back and said everything was okay. I would just be bruised up and sore for a while," said Hunter.

Because of the time change, it was dark for the first time this year when parents dropped off their children. It was also raining and there were puddles on the street.

Hunter told Nashville's News 2 the biggest factor was speed.

"She was going over 15 [miles-per-hour], I think. Because the majority of people who go through there go over 15," she said, adding, "She wasn't watching what she was doing, because she told the policeman that she had turned around to get something, or do something in her back seat, and when she turned back around she saw me and went to put on her brakes and she slid. And that's when she hit me."

Hunter said she's had close calls before from drivers going over the speed limit, and she had this to say about drivers in the school zone, "I just wish they would slow down to the 15 miles-an-hour," she said. "We have parents and kids coming out and coming in and buses, so it could be real bad next time."

The driver was given a citation.

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