High School Student Hit by Car While Walking to School in Loudoun County

Tuesday, Oct 1, 2013  |  Updated 5:29 PM EDT
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A third student has been struck by a vehicle while attempting to walk to school in Loudoun County this fall.

The victim, a 17-year-old girl, suffered minor injuries after being struck by a Toyota Avalon while she was walking in a crosswalk on Belmont Ridge Road in Brambleton, Va.

The driver, an Ashburn woman, was attempting to make a right hand turn from Ryan Road onto Belmont Ridge Road when she hit the girl at a low rate of speed around 8:30 a.m. Tuesday.

The girl had been on her way to Briar Woods High School and was in the crosswalk legally, authorities said.

She was taken to Inova Loudoun Hospital, where she was treated and released.

The driver was issued a traffic summons for failure to yield the right of way.

Last month, two younger students were hit by a school bus while attempting to get to Belmont Ridge Middle School in the county. They were crossing busy Upper Belmont Place, where the nearest crosswalk to the school is an half-mile out of the way.

More students are walking to school in Loudoun County this school year after some bus routes were eliminated. Students who live 8/10 of a mile or less from their schools are now expected to walk, but many parents expressed concern when the plan was announced because the county has many busy roads and a shortage of sidewalks and crosswalks.

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