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Crossing guard hit by car in Garner

Posted October 16, 2014
Updated October 17, 2014

A crossing guard for Avesboro Elementary School in Garner was hurt during a crash involving two vehicles Thursday afternoon, police said.

— A crossing guard for Aversboro Elementary School in Garner was hurt during a crash involving two vehicles Thursday afternoon, police said.

Tammy Hawkins, 53, was struck while in the crosswalk at Timber and Harth drives at about 4 p.m.

Hawkins was attempting to stop traffic on Timber Drive when a 2000 GMC Safari minivan driven by Aaron Vincent, 26, collided with a 2003 Volkswagen Jetta driven by Kathryn Truelove, 62. The Jetta, which was "stopped or almost stopped" for Hawkins, then hit the crossing guard, police said.

Hawkins was forced onto the hood of the Jetta, traveled on the car hood until the vehicle stopped, then was ejected from the hood and landed on the pavement, police said. She was taken to WakeMed, where she was listed Friday in good condition.

Vincent was charged with failure to reduce speed to avoid a collision.

Tracy Jones was walking her dog when she heard the crash.

"I heard a stop, stop. A crash, and then she was gone," she said.

Truelove was also transported to a hospital with non-serious injuries, police said.

The children the crossing guard protected were not hurt.


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  • Kaitlyn Legare Oct 17, 2014
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    I drive that road several times a week. Going west, the school zone marking in the road is after you pass that cross walk. There is a yellow school crossing sign there but the cross walk isn't very obvious. If you actually slow down going through there people will fly past you and honk their horns. It needs to be marked better and patrolled like they patrol the section where the speed limit turns to 35. GPD stops speeders in the 35 MPH zone all the time but I never seen anyone pulled over in that 45 MPH stretch where the crossing is.

  • Steve Faulkner Oct 17, 2014
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    That spot is not designated as a school zone, nor is the other crosswalk on the other side of Aversboro on Timber (where there is another crossing guard). The only designated school zone for Aversboro Elementary is in front of the school on Aversboro road. Garner police heavily enforce the speed limit in the school zone there.

    Also, Crossing Guards are usually either volunteer or very low paid positions, so there is not alot of tax dollars being spent on them.

  • miseem Oct 17, 2014

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    If people would obey the traffic laws, we would not need crossing guards. Of course, if everyone obeyed traffic laws we could eliminate about a third of law enforcement officers, cut our auto, life and health insurance rates. And your proposal is to have parents either drive or walk their kids to school if they live in walking distance? Of course, if you think that funding schools is absurd, I'm figuring you think the same about all other government services. Like parks, fire protection, law enforcement, environmental protection services, flood control and so forth. If it doesn't directly benefit you, why spend tax money on it, right? For that matter, why are all those highway patrol troopers out at the fairgrounds now? I notice they also show up at the races in Charlotte and at other large events across the state. Absurd.

  • Justsaying47 Oct 17, 2014

    I wish there was a study on how many traffic accidents have happened and lives have been lost since the cell phone and texting came on the scene. And people blame the city for not putting a light up? If it is a school zone, I can guarantee you there is a reduced speed sign during school times. But the attitude of the people today in this country is that they don't have to follow the law unless there is a person of authority standing there watching to enforce it. If there is no one there, then they can do what they want. This is true with any kind of common sense law. And for someone to say we don't need to pay someone to be a crossing guard? After they got hit? What would happen to the kids if the guard had not been there! OK, off my soap box....something has to be done soon.....things will only get worse.

  • iopsyc Oct 17, 2014

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    School districts provide buses for students who live far enough from school. The least they can do for students near the school is provide crossing guards.

  • Jerry Sawyer Oct 17, 2014
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    Italy has much better highway warning indicators than we.

  • Itsmyopinion67 Oct 17, 2014

    Prayers to this lady!! I know that you people that run past a bus with red lights are really really really important people that have to make that really important meeting. But before you run over someone's kid, could you please try and look out for others safety. Instead of just thinking about your all important self.

  • Esther Lumsdon Oct 17, 2014
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    Perhaps Rapid Rectangular Flashing Beacon (RRFB) could be added to this crosswalk?

  • silvfx Oct 17, 2014

    While I hope this person is ok, I question the need for my tax dollars being spent on crossing children. If you have children you need to make sure they get to school safely. Funding schools alone is absurd but crossing guards.

  • Claytonmomof2 Oct 17, 2014

    Undoubtedly she is a hero!