Gainesville, Georgia School Crossing Guard Injured in Wreck Caused by Distracted Driver
GAINESVILLE, GA. – September 18, 2018 (11alive.com) A school crossing guard was hospitalized September 18 after getting caught in a wreck that was caused by a distracted driver. The story is reported online by 11alive.com.*
At about 3:45 p.m., 21-year-old school crossing guard Lauren Parr was directing traffic outside of North Hall High School in Gainesville. She motioned for oncoming traffic to stop for vehicles to exit the school’s property onto the roadway, but one driver, 50-year-old Lanier Dudley, did not see her motion to stop and ended up crashing into a Jeep that was exiting the school. The Jeep then spun and hit Parr, throwing her 10 to 15 feet from the center turn lane.
Hall County EMS responded to the scene and transported Parr to Northeast Georgia Medical Center with serious injuries. Her current medical condition is not known at this time.
Georgia State Patrol reports that Dudley did not see Parr’s directive because he was distracted by his cell phone. Neither Dudley nor the driver of the Jeep was injured in the collision. Troopers said charges are pending, and the investigation into the incident is ongoing.
School system spokesperson Gordon Higgins said Parr worked for EKG, a company contracted by the school to help with traffic and security. This is the first year the school has used EKG, and Higgins said it is the first time a crossing guard for the school system has ever been injured this seriously.
Vehicle accidents in Hall County have steadily risen during the last several years, according to information compiled by the Georgia Governor’s Office of Highway Safety. In 2012, a total of 5,205 vehicle accidents occurred in the county, which resulted in 1,351 injuries and 26 deaths. In 2016, the total number of accidents rose to 7,026, leading to 1,581 injuries and 31 deaths.
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