- A 13-year-old girl was transported to The Canberra Hospital in a serious but stable condition earlier today (August 17) after being struck by a vehicle on her way to school.
Officers from ACT Policing and ACT Ambulance Service responded to reports of the collision on Tharwa Drive in Calwell about 9.00am this morning after members of the public called for assistance.
Both lanes of traffic on Tharwa Drive were blocked whilst members of the ACT Policing Collision Investigation and Reconstruction Team (CIRT) examined the incident scene. The driver has been assisting police with their inquiries, and no charges are expected to be laid at this stage.
ACT Policing Superintendent of Traffic Operations Mark Colbran says this provides a timely reminder to parents to talk with their school-aged children about road safety.
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“At that time of the morning, the traffic flow of both vehicles and pedestrians is heavy as people make their way to work and school. Kids need to be aware of this, and need to know that although they may have to walk a little further to use them, the underpasses and pedestrian crossings are there for their own safety and protection,” Supt Colbran said.
“Obviously drivers also have a part to play, and this is why ACT Policing takes such a strict view of speed limits and driver behavior within school zones. We know kids can be unpredictable, and this knowledge should prompt drivers to adjust their driving habits when around schools. Unfortunately the potential for tragedy in these areas is real and ever-present, and the need for concentration and diligence is constant,” he said.
“Any road trauma incident involving serious injury is a tragedy, but this is especially true when it involves a child. Speak with your kids about their habits when walking to school, and although it may be confronting for them, make sure they understand the consequences of not practicing safe behaviours when using the roads.
Anyone who may have witnessed this incident and is yet to speak with police is asked to contact ACT Policing on 131 444 or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.