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Oakdale student hit by car, suffers broken leg

Update, 5:01 p.m. According to Michael Walsh, the master officer with the Oakdale Police Department, the injury to the older boy is more serious than first thought.

After the boy was taken to Kaiser Modesto Medical Center, it was determined he had a broken femur that will require surgery on Thursday.

The younger brother was treated for bumps and bruises, Walsh said.

An Oakdale elementary school student suffered minor injuries this morning after he was struck by a car while walking to school.

His younger brother, who was walking ahead of him in the busy intersection of North Lee Avenue and Pontiac Street, was grazed by the slow-moving car but did not suffer any injuries, according to Michael Walsh, master officer with the Oakdale Police Department.

The Fair Oaks Elementary School students, who are in third and sixth grades, were walking in the North Lee crosswalk on the east side of Pontiac when a southbound car on North Lee making a left-hand turn onto Pontiac struck the sixth-grader.

The older boy was hit by the driver-side bumper and landed on hood and rolled off. He was transported to Kaiser Modesto Medical Center.

According to Walsh, the driver got momentarily blinded by the sun as he turned east onto Pontiac. He will not be cited, Walsh said.

Barbara Shook, assistant superintendent for curriculum and instruction with the Oakdale Unified School District, said she has been with the district for 10 years, and could not remember any problems with that intersection, which is guarded by a four-way stop.

Walsh, too, could not remember any accidents occurring there recently, but described the intersection, which is a few hundred yards south of the school, as a "traffic nightmare." He says parents sometimes drop their kids off down the road from the intersection to simply avoid it.

The school does provide two sets of student crossing guards on North Lee, but they are stationed at the north and south ends of the school entrances. Oakdale police also monitors North Lee at West F.

Shook said it's up to the school to determine where to put crossing guards but usually, "the policy is if there's a four-way stop, it's not a a place where we would put crossing guard students because there's already a four-way stop there."

She added that putting students at a four-way stop, essentially adding another layer of directions for motorists, has been known to confuse drivers.

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