Williston Northampton School student at Baystate after being struck by vehicle in crosswalk
EASTHAMPTON — A female student at The Williston Northampton School is being treated at Baystate Medical Center after being struck by a car while crossing Park Street Thursday night, a school spokesperson said Friday morning. The school did not identify the student.
The girl was walking in a crosswalk in front of the Phillips Stevens Chapel at 45 Park St. at 7:23 p.m. when she was hit by a vehicle. Traci Wolfe, director of communications at the school, said she hopes to release information about the girl’s condition later today.
Police officials have not returned calls for comment on the accident.
According to Gazette archives, the last reported incident of a Williston student being struck in a crosswalk was in January 2007, when a female student was injured in a hit and run on Park Street.
Wolfe said the school’s staff is diligent about educating students about safety in crosswalks. “The safety of our students is our highest priority,” she said. “We talk to them and reiterate the importance of using caution and being aware of your surroundings when crossing the streets on campus.”
To prevent accidents from happening, the school has installed signs and flashing lights at many crosswalks on campus to increase visibility at night, Wolfe said.