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Girl hit by car outside school – Colyton

Police from Penrith are reminding all school kids and motorists to take extra care around buses and school zones after a girl was hit by a car in Colyton.

About 2.45pm (Thursday 2 February 2017), a 13-year-old student got off a bus that was stopped outside a high school on Carpenter Road.

The girl walked behind the bus and as she attempted to cross the street she was struck by a vehicle travelling at low speed.

She was taken to the Children’s Hospital at Westmead suffering non life-threatening injuries.

As police continue with their investigations, Chief Inspector Tracy Stone from Penrith Local Area Command said it’s a timely reminder to motorists and students to be careful around school zones.

“Once that school bell rings there is a barrage of students leaving the school, particularly some of the bigger high schools where everyone is leaving at the same time,” said Chief Inspector Stone.

“It’s so important that as parents, we teach our kids to cross the road at the designated area. Remind them to pay attention to what is going on around them and not be distracted by friends or mobile devices.

“Motorists need to be aware not only of the reduced 40kmh speed zone, but also of kids alighting from buses, or running to meet parents in cars. Drive slowly and expect the unexpected,” Chief Inspector Stone said.

Police are urging anyone with information in relation to this incident to call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or use the Crime Stoppers online reporting page: nsw.crimestoppers.com.au

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