Teen taken to hospital after being hit by vehicle

By: Mike Koury | Woodward Talk | Published November 5, 2018

BERKLEY — A Ferndale teen was taken to the hospital after she was hit by a vehicle while crossing the street.

The incident occurred at approximately 12:48 p.m. Monday, Oct. 29, near the intersection of Coolidge Highway and Dorothea Road.

According to Berkley Public Safety Detective Lt. Andrew Hadfield, the 14-year-old girl was hit by a vehicle driven by a 16-year-old Berkley boy. Both are Berkley High School students who were out of school for lunch when the incident occurred.

“She was on her lunch break, walking to get something to eat with a group of friends,” Hadfield said. “They had pushed the crosswalk button to cross Coolidge at Dorothea. Traffic had started to stop, so they go to walk and a 16-year-old driver was coming northbound on Coolidge and struck her while she was in the crosswalk.”

“There’s marked crosswalks with signs, and they have flashing lights to warn drivers that someone is attempting to cross. She was within the crosswalk and had the right of way to proceed. His statement is just that he did not see her,” Hadfield elaborated.

Hadfield said the girl was taken in an ambulance to Beaumont Hospital, where she was kept for a couple of days before being released. He said she suffered a fractured leg.

“She just happened to be the first one walking in front of the group of four,” he said. “Nobody else was hurt.”

The department hopes to wrap up the investigation this week. Hadfield said the current violations they’re looking at are a civil infraction for failure to yield to a pedestrian in a crosswalk and a misdemeanor moving violation for causing serious impairment of a body function.

“Those two charges are what we’ll have reviewed and submitted within the next week or two,” Hadfield said.

Berkley Schools Communications Supervisor Jessica Stilger said the high school is not making changes to the open campus lunch policy at this time.