Smiths Station student hit by car in school parking lot

mrice@ledger-enquirer.comOctober 4, 2013 

A Smiths Station Junior High School student was struck by a vehicle in the school's parking lot Thursday and taken to a hospital, but his injuries aren't considered serious, Lee County Sheriff Jay Jones said Friday.

The driver, an adult female, was driving at a "very slow speed," Jones said, when her vehicle hit a 13-year-old male student. He suffered leg and foot injuries, Jones said.

"It was a circumstance where the person operating the vehicle, the sun temporarily blinded her," Jones said. "She just didn't see him. He was hit just to the side, not full on."

Jones wasn't sure whether the student was released from the hospital, but the parents reported that their son was "going to be fine," he said.

No charges were or will be filed, Jones said.

Rick Harris, the school’s principal, said the driver is a teacher. He has given the teacher time off to recover mentally and emotionally from the accident.

“She’s extremely upset, as you can imagine,” Harris said.

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