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Vehicle hits student near Watertown High School

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A student was injured Friday afternoon when she was struck by a vehicle as she crossed Washington Street near Watertown High School soon after the school day ended, Watertown police said.

Alyssa Wooledge, 19, 221 Clinton St., was taken by Guilfoyle ambulance personnel to Samaritan Medical Center. She was conscious but was bleeding from her scalp; her injuries were not considered life-threatening, police said.

Police said the driver, Steven A. Perkins, 39, 343 Thompson Blvd., was traveling south on Washington Street when the girl ran in front of his Jeep in a crosswalk at Barben Avenue. Mr. Perkins was ticketed for not yielding the right of way to a pedestrian approaching on a sidewalk.

Detective Sgt. Joseph R. Donoghue happened to be in his vehicle at the intersection and was a witness to the accident, police said. The Jeep was believed to be driving at a slow speed.

A mother nervously looking for her two children at the accident scene said she has been concerned about the potential for accidents there.

The woman, who would not give her name, said she wondered why a crossing guard or traffic light isn’t placed there.

“I wait here every morning until they get across the intersection,” said the mother of 12- and 14-year-old students.

The mother said that she had a difficult time finding her children after the accident, but that they finally called on their cellphone to tell her they were all right.

“I was panicking,” she said.

Watertown City School District Superintendent Terry N. Fralick said he did not have much information about the accident.

“I was down there shortly after it happened,” Mr. Fralick said Friday. “I don’t have any details on how it happened.”

Mr. Fralick said he was waiting for an update from Watertown High School Assistant Principal Leslie E. Atkinson, who went to the hospital with the girl.

There are no crossing guards at the high school.

“We have crossing guards at the elementary school, but those crossing guards are hired by the city of Watertown,” Mr. Fralick said.

Times staff writer Reena Singh contributed to this report.

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