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Teen struck while walking to school suffered 'extensive' injuries

While pedestrians are told to cross the street only at intersections, unfortunately, that doesn't always guarantee their safety. Earlier this month, a young teen was critically injured in Windsor when she was hit by a pick-up truck on her way to school.

The 13-year-old girl was at the intersection of Tecumseh Road West and Dougall Avenue around 8:20 a.m., when she was struck. According to Windsor police, the truck was turning onto Tecumseh Road West when it hit the teen.

The girl was reportedly conscious when first responders arrived. However, according to Windsor police, she suffered "extensive" injuries, including multiple fractures. They also believed that she suffered a head injury. She was taken by helicopter to a hospital in London.

One city councillor who lives near the accident scene noted that steps should be taken to protect pedestrians at that intersection, which is home to a Tim Hortons restaurant. He said that other "high traffic pedestrian crossings," particularly where students walk to and from school, need to be identified. This way, more signage and markings can be placed there.

So far, the driver of the truck has not been charged with any violation. He remained at the scene, reportedly visibly shaken. The intersection was closed for hours as accident investigators gathered evidence

No matter how careful we are as pedestrians or how careful we teach our kids to be when crossing the street, we can never assume that motorists will be equally careful -- even when pedestrians have the right of way. Those who have been injured or who have a loved one who's been injured, should seek the advice of a lawyer to determine what legal options are available to them for compensation.

Source: CBC News, "Girl critically injured after being struck by pickup truck in Windsor," Nov. 04, 2015

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