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Boston Moves To Protect Students At Accident Intersection

September 19, 1989

BOSTON (AP) _ City officials have promised to post a safety officer at an intersection where seven children were struck by a car.

Police spokesman James Jordan said a safety officer would staff the post in the Dorchester neighborhood until more permanent safeguards are in place.

Meanwhile, the condition of several of the seven injured children improved.

Two of the children remained in critical condition on Sunday night, while one was in stable and the other four were in good condition, spokesmen at Boston City and Children’s hospitals said.

The children were on their way home from school when a station wagon that had been struck by another car careened out of control and plowed into them, witnesses said.

Police said the driver of the first car, Joao Centeio, 37, of Boston, had failed to stop at a stop sign. He was charged with reckless operation, driving to endanger, driving without registration and failing to stop at the sign.

Centeio told reporters through an interpreter that he did not run the stop sign.

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