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Motorists: be alert for children in roadways

December 16, 2018

NEEDLES — With the increased outdoor activity that always accompanies cooler weather coupled with shorter daylight hours and holiday school schedules motorists are cautioned to be extra alert for children in roadways.

City Manager Rick Daniels told city council Nov. 27 there have been at least two recent incidents when children were struck by motor vehicles. Deputies from Needles’ Colorado River Station of the San Bernardino County Sheriff Department were dispatched to talk about crosswalk safety with students at Vista Colorado Elementary School and Needles Middle School last week.

According to the sheriff department, an 11-year-old boy was struck in the J Street crosswalk adjacent the ballfields shortly after noon on Nov. 21. The driver, a 57-year-old Needles woman, stopped to render assistance to the boy, who was transported to Colorado River Medical Center with moderate injuries.

Daniels reported a child on a bicycle was hit by a car near the schools at Erin Drive and Bailey Avenue on Nov. 27. No police report was yet available for that incident.

Newly elected Councilor Zachery Longacre addressed the council during the public input portion of the meeting, advising he had heard complaints from concerned parents about children playing in streets in the Gates subdivision on Needles’ south side, where there are no crosswalks or sidewalks. He raised the possibility of installing rubber speed bumps in that area.

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