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11 Year Old Girl Hit By Car near School in Moorhead

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It's the kind of news that all parents worry about. An 11-year-old girl was hit by a car in Moorhead on her way to school this morning. Just last week, we told you about a similar story, involving a kindergarten student in south Fargo. Both of these children were sent to the hospital, thankfully with just minor injuries. But as Valley News team's Eric Crest explains, law enforcement say now is the time of the year to have the talk with your kids about being safe when hitting the road.
Sending your kid to school should be one of the less stressful parts of your day. But Thursday morning that notion was trumped by something dramatic.
"A vehicle traveling east bound did not see her or wasn't paying attention at the time and struck her," says Lt. Deric Swenson of the Moorhead Police.
An 11-year-old on her way to S.G. Reinertsen Elementary showed up a bit early to school Thursday. Just prior to the crossing guards taking their post. That young girl ended up in the hospital with what authorities say were non-life threatening injuries.
"I mean to be a parent and have that happen, you hope your kids gonna walk to school and be safe. It's heart breaking," says Beth Huebner a mother of a 1st grader at S.G. Reinertsen.
It turns out now is probably the best time to talk to your kids about staying safe in the midst of busier and busier roads as the summer heats up. 
"Now that we're heading towards the end of the school year we're gonna have a lot more kids out during the day and night playing. And we want to make sure we're not distracted driving. Not using your cell phone, not looking at other people, or doing something that will pull your attention away from the road," explains Lt. Swenson.
Huebner's 7-year-old is repeatedly told by his mother to be careful of the busy road at their door step just down the block from the elementary school.
"Yeah we talk about holding hands when we cross the road. Always check to make sure cars aren't coming," says Huebner.
Because trusting a driver along her road, just a few blocks from the school, is out of the question.
"I think it's just the sound of the cars. The loudness of them when you can hear them coming and they kind of know, oh gosh that's dangerous," Huebner adds.
So even though kids don't always listen, it helps to have that constant reminder that drivers, don't always abide by the rules either.
"We can talk about looking both ways. Not trusting the driver to stop. Make sure we don't assume their gonna stop," Lt. Swenson says.
The driver, who hit the 11-year-old girl, was cited for failure to yield to a pedestrian and careless driving. Police say talk to your kids now about not racing into intersections and never trusting that a driver will stop just because they're supposed to.

Original Story...

Moorhead police say an 11 year old girl was hit by a car Thursday morning near S.G. Reinertsen Elementary in South Moorhead. She was taken to the hospital by ambulance, but officers say her injuries are not life threatening.

Lt. Deric Swenson says the girl riding her bike in a cross walk, but there were no crossing guards on duty yet. It happened just before 7:30 am at the intersection of 11th street and 40th avenue south.

Lt. Swenson says the car was eastbound at about 20 miles an hour when the child was struck.

The driver, Adam Mousel, 23, was cited for failure to yield to a pedestrian and careless driving.
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