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Yesterday morning at around 8:40 am, a child walking near Lopez Elementary School in Fort Collins was struck by a vehicle driven by a 23-year-old driver. According to the Coloradoan, the driver was traveling southeast on Wabash street and did stop at a four-way intersection at Wabash and Benthaven streets. When driving forward, he struck the unidentified child who was in a crosswalk on the opposite side of the intersection. The child was transported to the Medical Center of the Rockies in Loveland, but did not survive the injuries. According to a Fort Collins Police Services news release, Police do not believe speed, alcohol or drugs contributed to the collision, but the Fort Collins Police Services CRASH team are continuing their investigation.
My deepest condolences to the family of this child. My thoughts and prayers are with them, the driver of the vehicle, and all those at Lopez Elementary School. While we won't know exactly what happened in the next few weeks, there's no doubting the immense sadness for all those involved. It it a grim reminder of how critically important it is to always pay attention at all times when driving. This is something I reminded my son about last night and this morning and will continue to do so.
News Source: The Coloradoan, Fort Collins Police Services.