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Maplewood Crossing Guard & Pedestrian Struck By Car During Snow Squall

An 89-year-old pedestrian sustained a serious leg injury and a crossing guard was treated and released from the hospital after being struck by a car yesterday in Maplewood.

The incident took place around 3:15 p.m. on January 30 at Springfield Avenue and Burnett Avenue in Maplewood — near the Walgreen’s pharmacy and across from the Maplewood Police headquarters and municipal court.

The 30-year-old driver of the the black Lexus SU that struck the two victims was issued three summons: for careless driving, failure to yield to pedestrians in a crosswalk, and failure to comply with a crossing guard’s directions.

According to a release from the Maplewood Police Department, the driver said she “did not see the pedestrians due to the winter weather conditions at the time.” However, the release related that “the crossing guard was wearing a reflective coat and led with her hand held stop sign at the time they were crossing the street.”

The victims were taken to Newark University Hospital for treatment. Maplewood Police Chief Jim DeVaul characterized the elderly pedestrian’s condition as a “serious leg injury” but said the guard was treated and released.

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