Child hit by van while walking to school

Child hit by van while walking to school

JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - A van struck a child as she was walking to school Wednesday morning.

Jonesboro police say the child, about 7 to 8 years old, was walking west on Belt Street when a van traveling south on Patrick Street failed to yield at the four-way stop and struck the child.

The child sat on the curb after being hit until the ambulance came to transport her to St. Bernards for medical treatment.

The child sustained minor injuries, was treated and released according to police.

No one in the van was injured.

Police cited the driver for not having proof of insurance and failing to yield to a pedestrian.

Neighbors along Belt Street said drivers often speed through the neighborhood and fail to completely stop at the four-way intersection.

"Sometimes they just go through the stop and sometimes they only pause for a little and then go through," Mark Gomez said.

One neighbor said the four-way stop at Belt and Patrick Streets helps slow some drivers down, but only if they come to a complete stop.

Region 8 News also spoke with concerned parents along Belt Street in September about speeding near the bus stop.

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