2 Canton sisters hit walking home from school expected to recover

Canton girls expected to be OK after being struck by auto Cleveland 19 News is getting answers for parents
Updated: Aug. 14, 2018 at 8:49 PM EDT
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CANTON, OH (WOIO) - Just after the first day of school Monday, ambulances rushed to help two Canton City School students.

A frightening sight for any parent near a school. You can hear how terrified the 9-1-1 caller was when she asked for help.

"There was just a car accident. A girl got hit by a car and she went flying in the air," the caller told the dispatcher.

The girls walked down the hill and crossed very busy 13th street. That's where they were hit.

"There are no charges, it appears that's what it was. The kids probably didn't see him coming, he probably didn't see them," said Lt. Dennis Garren

Canton Schools Director of Security said the 11-year-old and 17 year-old sisters crossed in the middle of the road, not at the crosswalk. He says there usually aren't crossing guards at the intersection.

"We do have safety and security staff who work for the district that are around and outside at arrival and dismissal," said Canton Schools Director of Security, Steve Humphrey.

He said the district may look into adding a crossing guard: "We always look for options to get better and to make that travel to and from school safer."

Neighbor Harold Ream says there used to be crossing guards at the school, and would like to see the school add them back.

"You think those kids are old enough, but they are not. They are talking, having fun," Ream said.

A sad safety reminder for everyone now that schools are back in session. The good news is that both girls are expected to be OK.

Canton Police say there was a third family member who made it across the street safely.

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