Lexington police are pursuing charges against the driver who struck a school crossing guard Monday near Lansdowne Elementary School.
Lexington police spokesman Lt. Doug Pape said the motorist could be charged because her windshield was obstructed, a traffic offense that could result in a fine, or failure to obey a traffic control officer, a misdemeanor charge that could lead to an arrest.
According to police reports, the driver's windshield was covered in snow or ice, with only a small hole on the driver's side through which she could see.
Pape would not release the name of the driver.
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Pape said investigators have applied for a summons through district court, which may not be served for several days. He said the courts would decide with what the woman would ultimately be charged. State law does not allow officers to issue tickets at the scene of an accident, Pape said.
The incident occurred just after 8:30 a.m. Monday as children were crossing at Redding and Bellmeade roads.
Crossing guard James C. Smith had stepped into the street to halt traffic to allow Lansdowne fifth-grader Alyssa Phillips to cross the street.
Smith had activated the crossing lights, was wearing his vest and had his stop sign raised, police reports say.
Police said Smith saw the woman's car approaching, realized that it was not going to stop and prevented the child from crossing.
Smith was then hit on the hip by the car's passenger-side mirror, according to police. Neither Smith nor the child was hurt, police said.
Alyssa Phillips said the only distance between her and the moving car was the width of Smith's body.
Smith was honored as an "outstanding citizen" at the Urban County Council's work session Tuesday afternoon.
At the meeting, Smith said he's not ashamed of his job, even when others poke fun.
"I've got a very important job; I'm taking care of the future, and I'm glad to have it," he said.