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2 children hit by car after parent drops them off in no-parking zone

Updated Wednesday, March 20, 2013 | 11:52 a.m.

Two children were hit by a car today after a parent stopped to drop them off for school in a no-parking zone and they tried to cross the street outside of a marked crosswalk, Metro Police officials said.

As the children attempted to cross Harmon Avenue, near Sandhill Road, at about 7:45 a.m., another car had to stop abruptly, police said. A trailing vehicle failed to notice the stopped car and hit it from behind, causing it to hit the children, police said.

They were transported to Sunrise Hospital and Medical Center with minor injuries. No one else was injured.

While it was a minor incident, Metro Police spokeswoman Laura Meltzer said, it highlights the need for parents to follow traffic rules in school zones. She urged parents to park only in designated areas and ensure their children only cross streets in crosswalks.

“The most egregious offenders of traffic safety are parents dropping off children to school,” Meltzer said.

The driver of the car that hit the stopped vehicle received a ticket for following too closely, police said.

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  1. NO HITTING KIDS IN A SCHOOL ZONE MEANS NO HITTING KIDS IN A SCHOOL ZONE!

    I don't care if the kids were j-walking - the author of this article should be ashamed of him/herself for failing to give more details and making it out to be entirely the children/parents fault.

    If you are driving in a school zone SLOW DOWN! BE CAUTIOUS! Kids do stupid things - they are kids! As an adult, and a licensed drive you should know that!

    When conditions are bad - you don't blame it on nature that your car slid while you were driving 80mph and wanted to stop for traffic ahead.

    SLOW DOWN! NO EXCUSE!

    If you are driving in a school zone you, as the adult and licensed driver, have an obligation to ensure you are VIGILANT AND CAUTIOUS!

    This article gives the impression that running over kids is ok as long as they were j-walking in a school zone or their parents somehow made a mistake.

    Shameful!

  2. They may have been in a no parking zone but if they were in a school zone - the DRIVER is at fault!

    SCHOOL ZONES! are there for ONE reason - to warn you that children are present. Why? Because children do stupid things and walk without looking!

    Doesn't mean you can run down children b/c they.....well are behaving like children! No parking zone can be there for various reasons. Doesn't make running children over an ok thing.

  3. I see two at fault here.

    The parent that dropped them off and the car that did not get stopped and hit the other car.

    I don't see the reporter laying the blame on anyone or saying it is ok to run over kids, they are just reporting the FACTS.

    People do need to slow down in this valley, both in and out of the school zones. Everyone including those on foot need to start using common sense and follow the rules/laws.

  4. i do what i want in my car. you get out of my way. Walmart, me, me, me, wheres mine.

  5. And this is why I have a Dash cam on my car just to prove I'm not at fault if I were accused!

  6. Every day when school is open, children of all ages cross the street UNsafely, often with the prompting of adults across the street who are too lazy to cross and escort that child or children in their care. Las Vegas is full of such behavior and thinking. I have NO good words for the kinds of people who are so careless and arrogant.

    It seems that most folks refuse to change until something terrible happens to them personally, then suddenly they wake up. And you wonder WHY Nevada is at the bottom in education....it STARTS with the PARENTS!

    A PARENT is a child's first and lifelong teacher.

    There you have it.

    Blessings and Peace,
    Star

  7. Sure, let's blame the driver and not the ignorant parent who, obviously, was in more of hurry to get somewhere else than to protect her/his children. What lesson was the parent sending to the children? "You're special, so you don't have to obey the rules?" We see that attitude all the time: parents dragging their little rug-rats across a busy street - against traffic and outside of a crosswalk - and we wonder why these sort of incidents occur? Puleeeze! Shame on the negligent parent in this case!

  8. If you're in a no-parking or no-stopping zone why would you anticipate that the car right in front of you is going to stop? TICKET THE PARENTS.

  9. I drop my daughter off at this school every morning. One day I was turning right out of the school parking lot (which is no where near a crosswalk). I looked left and right to ensure there were no children on the sidewalk. I looked across the street to make sure no children were jay walking. What I didn't look for was the parent who had decided that there was too much traffic to turn left into the parking lot, so they let their child off while sitting in the left hand turn lane. The child then ran behind their parents car and across the street right in front of my already turning vehicle. The child was running very fast because they were trying to avoid the traffic.
    Fortunately, I was able to slam on my brakes and avoid hitting the child. I expect a lot of bad behavior from the parents and children during drop off so I am hyper vigilant. But I never expected a parent to let their child off in the middle Harmon right in the middle of the drop off rush. I don't understand why a parent can't take the extra couple of minutes to either drop their kid off at a cross walk or pull into a parking lot.

  10. On any given school day there are approximately a dozen vehicles parked in the no parking area, some directly underneath the signs, along the south side of Las Palmas Entrada Avenue between S. Gibson Rd. and W. Horizon Ridge Pkwy. in Henderson.
    When the kids disembark from the schoolbus it's a free-for-all: kids running/walking in and across the street (most without regard for any traffic), parents pulling out into traffic (some without regard for any traffic--some even make illegal U-turns and directional changes IN AND THROUGH the crowds of kids!)
    I travel this route several times a week and dread the inevitable.
    I wonder why HPD doesn't do something about this situation, before it is too late for some kid(s).

  11. And we wonder why even high school students jay walk in front of vehicles, sometimes getting hit. And then THEY and the parents blame the driver?????