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Fayetteville crossing guard eager to return after getting hit by SUV

Posted September 8, 2011

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— A Fayetteville crossing guard who was hit by an SUV Wednesday morning said Thursday that she isn't afraid to step back in front of traffic.

Betty Carter, 68, was trying to stop traffic in front of William Owen Elementary School when she stepped off the curb into Raeford Road and was struck by the SUV.

"I don't know what happened this time, and that is the truth. I couldn't believe that I walked out there with a stop sign and here comes this car just about on me," Carter said. "He said he didn't see me. He thought he was blinded by the sun."

The SUV, driven by Terry Garner, 64, of Laurinburg, knocked Carter to the blacktop, breaking her left arm above the elbow.

No children walk across the busy road. The crossing guards stop traffic for school buses entering and leaving the elementary school.

Witnesses told police that Garner's SUV was traveling 15 to 20 mph at the time of the crash and that Carter failed to wait for traffic to stop. No charges were filed.

School crossing guard Injury doesn't make crossing guard afraid to stop traffic

"I guess he wouldn't have hit me if he had seen me, and I wouldn't have been hit if I'd have known that he was going to stop," Carter said. "So, I guess both of us are at fault here."

The grandmother and retired cafeteria worker said she can't wait to get back to duty as a crossing guard.

"I want my school back. I've never been afraid, and I won't be afraid this time," she said.

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  • FromClayton Sep 9, 2011

    No it wasn't both of their faults, it was the crossing guards. kermit60

    yeah pretty much. glad they didnt go all crazy and file charges. and glad she is ok. i make mistakes at my job all the time, they dont usually get me run over! dangerous job!

  • kermit60 Sep 9, 2011

    No it wasn't both of their faults, it was the crossing guards. She failed to wait for traffic to stop before stepping into the street. Something that most children are taught to do. (look both ways, wait for traffic to stop). Her comment about stepping back in front of traffic and not clearly understanding that it was her fault questions weather she should be aloud to continue as a crossing guard.