UPDATE: School Secretary Struck by Car in GCMS Crosswalk

Transported to Winthrop with possible lower leg compound fracture.

A school secretary was struck by an auto in the crosswalk of the Garden City Middle School on Cherry Valley Avenue early Thursday afternoon.

GCMS principal Peter Osroff sent a mass email to parents alerting them of the incident Thursday: "This afternoon a school secretary was struck and seriously injured by a car as she was crossing within the Middle School crosswalk on Cherry Valley Avenue."

Osroff continued, "Years ago, a secretary was killed in the same location. As the school principal, I cannot express more strongly my warning to parents to not allow their children to cross Cherry Valley Avenue when a crossing guard is not present. Directly stated, to act otherwise is irresponsible and jeopardizes the lives of our children. Thank you for your careful attention."

Police and firefighters were on the scene as the woman was treated for a possible compound fracture of her lower leg. She was transported to Winthrop-University Hospital via Nassau County Police Department ambulance.

Publius January 20, 2012 at 01:40 AM
This is terrible. I wish her a full and speedy recovery. Slow down people!
Marilyn LaPersonerie January 20, 2012 at 03:17 AM
Drivers need to pay attention to the sign in the street that says STOP for pedestrians in the crosswalk. Usually one car stops and the one next to it comes to a screeching halt. Today they didn't stop fast enough. That's how someone will get killed one day. Take the worthless sign away and put in a traffic light.
Jack O'Niel January 20, 2012 at 04:59 AM
A light that is active during school hours is a good idea.
Seven Costanza January 20, 2012 at 12:47 PM
A LIGHT is the only way to go.
LJ January 24, 2012 at 01:49 AM
All of the schools in Garden City were built decades ago when there was a lot less traffic. Time for us to take some action. It is negligent for the town to have done nothing all these years to get lights to make the areas safer for students and residents. The high school area, with its crazy quilt of weirdly angled roads and many student drivers is a particular nightmare. Its also very dangerous for students to cross Clinton Road to get to Stewart School. ALL of our schools could benefit from turning signals and lights installed at the crosswalk and driveway areas. Time for the PTA and our town board to take some action. Possibly some of these are county roads, but with enough pressure from our mayor and town board, something can be done to make things safer.


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