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UPDATE: Vehicle Strikes Girl Near Stemmers Run Middle

A 12-year-old girl received non-life threatening injuries in Essex Friday morning.

UPDATE (Dec. 7, 1:15 p.m.)—A child was struck by a vehicle near her Essex school Friday morning. 

At about 8:11 a.m., a gray Honda Pilot struck a 12-year-old girl near Stemmers Run Middle School, near the intersection of Stemmers Run Road and Eastern Avenue, according to Julia Hardgrove, a Baltimore County police spokeswoman. 

The vehicle stayed on the scene after striking the girl. She received non-life threatening injuries. Emergency crews transported the girl to Johns Hopkins Children's Center by ambulance, Hardgrove said. 

Police confirmed that the girl is a student at the school and that no school buses were involved in the accident. 

Police are still investigating the cause of the accident. 

eve hassett December 07, 2012 at 04:29 PM
The kids crossing in front of the school just run out into traffic without looking. I do not drive that fast in front of the school, yet have hit my brakes several times trying to avoid a child that runs out. The parents drop off in the church parking lot, which forces the kids to cross in front without a crossing guard. There should be an established drop area. I am surprised that there have not been more kids hit there.
Cynthia thompson December 07, 2012 at 06:09 PM
Thank God she's okay...
Darlene December 10, 2012 at 02:02 PM
Instead of adding more expensive pavement so that kids can get less exercise, breathe in more car exhaust, and not learn how to walk around safely, perhaps what the school needs is a crossing guard, a Safe Routes to School program to encourage walking and teach safety, and a traffic safety curriculum in the classroom which teaches students how to be safe pedestrians, bicyclists, and one day drivers and provides them information to share with their parents. There are far too many crashes in the Essex area, and many do involve drivers who are speeding, distracted, and/or drunk. Fortunately this driver probably wasn't going too fast if the girl's injuries aren't life-threatening.

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