Saturday, August 23, 2003

Crossing guard hit by car outside school

The Associated Press

LOUISVILLE - A Jefferson County crossing guard was struck by a car as school was dismissed Friday afternoon, police said.

Witnesses told police the guard had his hand-held stop sign up at a crosswalk outside Brandeis Elementary School at 3:45 p.m. EDT when he was hit by a Ford Escort, said Louisville police spokesman Dwight Mitchell.

The man was taken to University of Louisville Hospital with severe head injuries, Mitchell said. A hospital spokeswoman said he was in critical condition Friday evening.

The name of the crossing guard was not released, Mitchell said.

Mitchell said the driver of the vehicle told police he did not see the crossing guard or his sign.

Police do not anticipate filing charges against the driver, Eddie Pilgrim, 42, of Louisville, Mitchell said. Pilgrim was not injured, Mitchell said.

Lauren Roberts, Jefferson County School District spokeswoman, said the accident blocked traffic and caused buses to be delayed about an hour.

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