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Girl struck by SUV near elementary school

Grant Watts student released with minor injuries after running in front of cars

A 9-year-old girl was struck by a sport utility vehicle Monday afternoon, April 4, in Scappoose.

Scappoose police reported a small girl tried to run across Southeast Vine Street between Southeast 5th Street and Grant Watts Elementary School around 3:10 p.m., to meet up with her older brother.

The young student ran behind a stopped vehicle that was headed eastbound, according to a news release from the department. As she did, she ran in front of an SUV that was headed west at a low speed. The SUV struck the girl, and the woman driving immediately hit her brakes, the release states. The girl hit the ground and was transported by Scappoose Fire District to a Portland area hospital, where she was released later that evening with minor injuries.

"It was an unfortunate accident," Scappoose Police Chief Norm Miller said Tuesday. "Thank goodness the female driver was going slow."

Miller said the driver wasn't cited.

He said officers patrol Highway 30 near Scappoose Middle School, but there aren't designated crossing guards near the schools away from the highway.

"That's been our mission is to have an officer as much as we can at the highway crossing near the middle school," Miller said. "Another part is educating kids in the school about how to walk to school and walk home form school ... using crosswalks, looking both ways."