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Zane Middle School student hit by car during rainy weather

The boy is expected to recover from his injuries

Zane Middle School student hit by car...

EUREKA, Calif. - A Zane Middle School student is recovering after being hit by a car outside the school in Eureka Wednesday.

At around 1 p.m. on Nov. 8 Eureka police said the boy was crossing the street just as school was letting out, trying to get out of the rain when he was hit on the west side of campus. 

Officers with the Eureka Police Department (EPD) said the student was struck by the side of the car before he was taken to the hospital. 

Sgt. Gary Whitmer with EPD responded to the incident and said the wet weather makes for risky roads.

"It's a perfect storm for things that could happen," Sgt. Whitmer said. "Obviously with the rain and wind it can fog up your windshield, kids are running because they don't want to get wet, umbrellas can block your view."

EPD said the driver was not traveling very fast since it was a school zone, and the boy sustained minor to moderate injuries. He is expected to recover. 

At this hour, it is unknown whether the student was using a crosswalk. 

"You really have to pay attention a little bit extra in weather conditions like this," Sgt. Whitmer said.


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