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School Crossing Guard Struck By Vehicle While Directing Traffic

For Immediate Release: Friday, October 17, 2014

On Wednesday, October 15, a school crossing guard was struck by a vehicle in front of Galway Elementary School in Silver Spring.

Police investigation revealed that it was raining heavily at the time of the collision. The school crossing guard, wearing her crossing guard uniform and issued traffic safety vest, was in a marked crosswalk in front of the school and was directing traffic. At approximately 3:40 p.m., 1998 Ford Windstar, driving on Galway Drive, struck the guard from behind.

The driver of the vehicle spoke to officers and stated that his vehicle’s windshield wipers were not working properly and thus prevented him from seeing the crossing guard. He stated that when he realized a person was in the roadway, he applied his brakes. The driver of the vehicle was issued traffic citations to include failing to exercise due care to avoid a pedestrian collision, failure to equip a vehicle with required windshield wipers and controls, negligent driving, and failure to stop for a pedestrian in the crosswalk.

The crossing guard was transported to a local hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. She remains in the hospital at this time.

The driver involved in the collision is identified as Brice Anthony Huff, age 20, of the unit block of Falcon Bridge Road in Berlin, Maryland. The crossing guard is identified as Rosetta Parisi, age 67, of the 600 block of Hobbs Drive in Silver Spring. Parisi has been a substitute crossing guard for the Police Department for 12 and one-half years.

Motorists are reminded that it is illegal to drive a vehicle unless all equipment is functioning properly. Additionally, when driving by or near schools, drivers are cautioned to slow down and drive with extra care-a person’s life may depend on it.

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Release ID: 14-382
Media Contact: mcpnews 
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