A seven-year-old girl from Morris Plains was struck by a car while crossing South Park Place to the Morristown Green on Saturday, Dec. 21, 2013.
Morristown Police said the injured girl was treated at the scene and taken to Morristown Medical Center; she sustained painful scrapes but the injuries were not life-threatening, said Police Lt. Stuart Greer.
The accident occurred around 1 pm. The girl and her family were crossing mid-block, and passed in front of a stopped truck into a lane of oncoming traffic, witnesses told police.
The motorist was traveling within the speed limit and “would not have seen the little girl in time to stop or avoid her. Based upon the results of the investigation, the driver of the vehicle was determined not to be at fault in this incident,” Lt. Greer said.
Police urged pedestrians to stay within crosswalks and use caution when crossing busy streets.
The Christmas Festival at the Morristown Green drew a big crowd on Saturday. It could not immediately be determined if that’s where the little girl and her family were heading.
Below is the full statement from police.
FROM THE MORRISTOWN POLICE:
CHILD STRUCK BY CAR WHILE CROSSING SOUTH PARK PLACE
At approximately 1 pm this afternoon, a seven year-old girl from Morris Plains was crossing from South Park Place to the Green when she was struck by a car and injured. According to witnesses, the little girl and her family were attempting to cross to the Green from mid-block on South Park Place.
Witnesses reported that a truck stopped in the roadway to let them cross but as the little girl stepped past the truck, she entered the next lane of traffic where she was struck by an oncoming car.
An ambulance from Atlantic Health Services was in the immediate area and stopped to render emergency assistance at the scene. Morristown Police Officers arrived to assist with treatment and to investigate the incident. As a precaution, due to the mechanism of injury, the little girl was treated by Morristown Fire Bureau EMT’s and Atlantic Health Services Paramedics and was transported to the Emergency Department at Morristown Medical Center.
The police investigation, conducted by Officer Brian McDonnell of the MPD Traffic Safety Unit, determined that the girl and her family had not been in a designated crosswalk at the time of the incident.
It was also determined that the vehicle which struck the little girl was driving within the posted speed limit and had the right of way at the time. It was also determined that the driver of the oncoming vehicle would not have seen the little girl in time to stop or avoid her. Based upon the results of the investigation, the driver of the vehicle was determined not to be at fault in this incident.
The Morristown Police Department would urge that all members of the public use proper caution when crossing busy streets and stay within designated crosswalks.