UPDATE: Columbia HS Student Injured After Being Struck by Car in 7-Eleven Parking Lot

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Editor’s note, 9/22/16, 11:25 a.m.: the article has been updated with new information from the Maplewood Police Department.

A Columbia High School student was mildly injured after being hit by a car pulling into 7-Eleven parking lot across the street from the school Tuesday, officials said.

At around 12:15 p.m., the Maplewood Fire Department received a call of a person struck at the store, said Deputy Chief Michael DeMartini. The car apparently failed to slow down when entering the lot and hit the student outside the front of the store. The student was taken to St. Barnabas Medical Center with non-life threatening injuries, DeMartini said.

Rescue 37, Tower Ladder 31 and Platoon 3 all responded to the scene, as did the Maplewood Police Dept.

The victim was a 15-year-old girl, said Sgt. Christopher Black on Thursday. According to reports, the girl is a junior at CHS. When officers arrived on the scene, they discovered the girl had been struck by a 19-year-old woman parking her car in front of the building. The car lunged forward, hitting the girl as she walked between the parking spaces and the building, said Black.

The car pushed the girl to the side and then struck the building before coming to a stop. The girl complained of pain in her leg and was transported to the hospital for evaluation. Black said no tickets were issued in the incident. He does not know any further information about the girl’s condition.

The Village Green reached out to the Maplewood Police Department for further information but has yet to receive a response.

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