Appleton police say a Monday morning crash near a middle school shows the importance of staying at the scene of an accident and driving carefully in school zones.
Police say the crash happened just before 7:30 a.m. at the intersection of S. Greenview St. and E. Calumet St. That is near James Madison Middle School. Police say the driver stopped and got out of her car briefly after hitting a 12-year-old girl, who was on a bicycle. However, the driver then left the scene. The girl had arm and leg injuries. They were not life-threatening.
Officers put out a public call for information; the driver turned herself in around 1 p.m. She was given tickets for hit-and-run causing injury and for not having insurance.
It was difficult for police to investigate the crash, they said, because the victim was not sure of the make or the model of the car. Descriptions from other witnesses were not consistent with the description the girl gave.
The crash also underscores the dangers in school zones, police say. While the driver was not using her phone when the crash happened, officers say the sun was in here eyes as she was traveling east and trying to turn right onto S. Greenview St. Students should also be careful and watch out for cars, especially while crossing streets.
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