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Two Bethany children injured after car strikes them in crosswalk

Rock Creek woman cited in incident

Two children were injured Saturday morning after a car driven by a Rock Creek woman struck them in a crosswalk at the intersection of Northwest West Union and Northwest Laidlaw roads in Bethany.

The boys, ages 8 and 11, who reside in Bethany, were transported to a local hospital with non life-threatening injuries after the 8:45 a.m. incident, said Sgt. Bob Ray of the Washington County Sheriff's Office.

The 8-year-old, who was riding a standup scooter, suffered a broken leg and skin abrasions. The 11-year-old, who was riding a bicycle, also suffered skin abrasions.

Elizabeth Anderson, 55, of Rock Creek, was cited for failure to yield to a pedestrian in a crosswalk after the 2007 Volvo sedan she was driving struck the boys, Ray said.

Anderson told deputies she was turning left onto Northwest Laidlaw Road from eastbound Northwest West Union Road when her vehicle struck a child on a scooter and another on a bicycle, knocking them to the ground. She said she didn't see the children until her vehicle struck them.

Witnesses told sheriff's deputies the boys were waiting for the green crossing signal to cross Laidlaw Road. When the signal turned green, the boys started to cross and were hit by the vehicle. The 8-year-old was not wearing a helmet, but the 11-year-old was, Ray said.

Anderson stopped her vehicle immediately and cooperated with sheriff's deputies, said Ray.

He reminds bike and scooter riders less than 16 years of age that they must wear a helmet while riding. The sheriff's office offers free helmets to children at safety fairs and other events.