8 students hit by vehicle outside Northwestern HS


Students are treated Thursday after several pedestrians were struck at Northwestern High School. (Prince George's County Police)
September 26, 2013

Eight ROTC students at Northwestern High School suffered non-life-threatening injuries Thursday evening after being struck by a vehicle in the side parking lot of their school, police said.

Doug Holland, the Hyattsville police chief, said a 19-year-old driving a Honda Civic hit the students as they stood in formation during after-school drills.

Max Pugh, a spokesman for Prince George’s County schools, said the students were between the ages of 14 and 18. All were transported to local hospitals and were being treated for minor injuries, according to Mark Brady, a fire department spokesman.

Several students who were still at school shortly before 6 p.m. when the incident occurred said they were upset seeing police cars and emergency vehicles on the school grounds.

“I felt like crying when it happened,” said Olvin Ayala, 18, a senior, who was playing soccer. “I just saw the ambulances.”

Holland said there was no indication that the driver was speeding. He said he did not know if the driver, who was being interviewed by police, was a student or if knew the students who were struck.

Holland said officers who arrived on the scene said sun glare may contributed to the accident.

“We’re always concerned about the safety of our students,” Pugh said, “and we’ll be looking at our practice drills.”

Ovetta Wiggins writes about K-12 education.
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