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Driver hits child outside Pioneer Elementary School Tuesday morning, Lafayette police say

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Posted at 9:37 AM, Mar 19, 2024
and last updated 2024-03-19 12:56:37-04

LAFAYETTE, Colo. — A driver hit a child outside Pioneer Elementary School Tuesday morning, the Lafayette Police Department confirmed to Denver7.

Around 7:45 a.m. Tuesday, Lafayette police got reports that an adult woman was driving eastbound on Baseline Road at N Gough Avenue when she drove through a red light and hit a young boy walking through the crosswalk. The eastbound lane of Baseline Road closed temporarily as a result.

The child got minor injuries, according to Lafayette police. The Lafayette Fire Department took him to a nearby hospital. The driver remained on scene.

Pioneer Elementary School sent out a letter to students' families and school staff following the incident to explain what happened.

"We are glad to report that the child was alert and able to board the ambulance on his own and with his mother's assistance," the school wrote. It appeared he was walking with his mother when he was hit by the car, according to Pioneer Elementary.

The child was in "a designated crosswalk with a crossing guard and a red light activated at the cross walk," the Lafayette Colorado Police Department said in a post on its Facebook page.

The driver told police she did not see any of the above, Deputy Chief Brian Rosipajla relayed to Denver7.

"Sun appears to be a contributing factor in this accident," Rosipajla said.

In the Pioneer Elementary letter to families and staff, the school said the Pioneer Emergency Response Team will provide support to the child hit, other students, adults and staff.

"We know that other students on their way to school likely witnessed the accident or the emergency response. Our counselor and staff will work to support any children who might have witnessed anything. Please let us know if your child needs help," Pioneer Elementary wrote.

The school also sent families "Safe Routes to School" resources offered by the Boulder Valley School District.

Driver hits child outside Pioneer Elementary School Tuesday morning, police say

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