Girl struck by car near Kennedy High School

15-year-old suffered serious injuries, transferred to Iowa City hospital

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CEDAR RAPIDS — A Kennedy High School student was seriously injured when she was struck by a car Thursday morning.

Cedar Rapids public safety spokesman Greg Buelow said first responders were called to a car versus pedestrian collision at 7:35 a.m. Thursday. The collision happened on 42nd Street, just west of Wenig Road, near an ongoing construction project.

Buelow said the 15-year-old girl was crossing 42nd Street when she was hit by an eastbound car. Authorities do not believe the girl was in the crosswalk at the time of the collision, Buelow said.

The girl was taken to St. Luke’s Hospital with serious injuries and later transferred to the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics. Kennedy High School Principal Jason Kline sent a message Kennedy parents and family members to inform them of the collision.

“The student is now recovering at an area hospital,” Kline said. “Please keep this student in your thoughts and prayers. School counselors are available today to support those students who may need any emotional support regarding this.”

Kline asked that Kennedy students and their families use “extreme caution” and use crosswalks when crossing the streets near the high school.

“I hope you will reinforce safety as a top priority with your child tonight at home,” Kline said. “I am also reminding our entire Kennedy community to use caution when driving near Kennedy (and any school). There are always students entering and exiting campus throughout the day.”

The car’s driver was not injured and will not be charged, Buelow said.

The crash remains under investigation.

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