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Child Hit By Vehicle in SE Rochester

December 05, 2018 10:48 PM

(ABC 6 News) -- Residents in a southeast Rochester neighborhood said their anger is growing after an 8-year-old was hit by a vehicle Wednesday evening, and they believe it could have been prevented.

Rochester Police said the little girl was walking home from Riverside Elementary School, with two adults, when she was struck by the vehicle. Residents ABC 6 News spoke with said a poorly lit street, un-shoveled sidewalks, and snowdrifts left behind from vehicles parked on the road likely contributed to the accident.

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It happened around 5:45 p.m. on December 5, near the intersection of 5th Ave. and 6th St. SE. Police said the child was struck by the mirror on the passenger side of the vehicle. The driver told police traffic was heavy and by the time he saw the child, it was too late.

Police said the 8-year-old was taken by Gold Cross Ambulance to Mayo Clinic Hospital, Saint Marys Campus with minor injuries.

Neighbors said the child was just trying to walk on dry pavement. In addition to shoveling sidewalks, they said there are a few things that could help prevent something like this from happening again.

Neighbor, Angela Davey said, "One, the lighting. Two, the snow removal that is difficult to do when there's parking on both sides during snow emergency days. So, what we end up having is large piles of snow and kids having to maneuver around that and they end up walking on the street."

Residents said they've been fighting for changes to be made in their area for some time.

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