Mother, Young Children Struck on North Summit Ave.
The mother and two children were struck while on a sidewalk crossing in the 100 block of North Summit Avenue Tuesday morning in Gaithersburg.
A mother and her two elementary school-aged children were struck by a vehicle at 8:55 a.m. Tuesday while on the sidewalk crossing the driveway access to a parking lot in the 100 block of North Summit Avenue, according to a news release by Montgomery County police.
Police have not yet released additional information, but reported that the three were transported to a local emergency room with non-life threatening injuries.
Two other pedestrian collisions also occurred in Montgomery County Tuesday: A Watkins Mill High School student was hit while walking to school, and a car struck struck a pedestrian while crossing Wisconsin Avenue at Chelsea Lane.
Police said the victims were both transported to local hospitals with non-life threatening injuries.
These incidents come less than two weeks after a car struck a stroller carrying a three-month-old baby in an accident on Arlington Road. The father said that it was "pure luck" that his child was not injured.
Montgomery County police offered these safety tips for drivers and pedestrians:
- Look for pedestrians before you enter or exit a driveway. This is when you cross the sidewalk where pedestrians walk. Since they are on the sidewalk, they might be less alert than when crossing streets.
- Look all around your vehicle, all the time. Keep your eyes moving.
- With the spring coming, be on the look out for increased pedestrian traffic, increased bicycle traffic, and an increase in children playing at parks, in school yards, and in residential areas. Look for pedestrians stepping out from between parked cars. Where there are a lot of parked cars, there will likely be pedestrians
- Stay alert while crossing roadways. Refrain from phone use, texting, and wearing ear buds.
- Be seen. Wear clothing with bright visible colors or even reflective cloth. If your clothing is dark, it is more difficult to be seen in any adverse light conditions.
- Be proactive by watching traffic when crossing. Always cross at a controlled intersection. At the signal, cross only when the “walk” signal is displayed.
- Before crossing, first look left, then right, then left again to check for any traffic.
- Parents are the most important models of proper pedestrian behavior for children.