A Lexington school crossing guard pushed a child out of the way of an approaching car Monday morning and then was hit by the vehicle.
Crossing guard James C. Smith had stepped into the street to halt traffic in the process of helping a child cross the street at Lansdowne Elementary, according to Lt. Douglas Pape, a spokesman for the Lexington police department. Smith saw the car approaching, realized that it was not going to stop, and pushed the child aside, Pape said.
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.
Nevertheless, police said they'll keep a closer watch on school zones for the rest of the year.
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The incident occurred about 8:30 a.m. as students were arriving at the school at Redding and Bellmeade roads. Fayette Schools opened an hour late Monday because of the weekend snowfall.
According to police, road conditions did not appear to be a factor in the incident. However, Pape said early indications were that the car's windshield might not have been fully cleared of morning frost.
"The Division of Police would like to take this opportunity to remind the driving public to take the extra time to ensure their vehicle windshield and windows are completely clear prior to driving," police said in statement released Monday afternoon. "This time of year snow, ice and condensation can obstruct a driver's view significantly."
Meanwhile, Mayor Jim Newberry thanked Smith and plans to recognize him as an "outstanding citizen" during the Urban County Council's work session Tuesday afternoon.
The police department noted that the speed limit in school zones is 25 miles an hour and that motorists should not pass school buses when they are loading or unloading.