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Crossing guard hit by truck while helping child cross street, troopers say

Victim suffers minor injuries

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ORANGE COUNTY, Fla. – A truck driver hit an Orange County crossing guard who was helping a child cross the street Friday morning, according to the Florida Highway Patrol.

Troopers said 78-year-old Margarita Martinez was in a crosswalk with a child on Chickasaw Trail around 8:10 a.m. when a Chevrolet pickup driver made a right turn and struck her.

Martinez suffered minor injuries.

The truck driver, 57-year-old Joel Garcia, was not injured. Records show he was ticketed for failure to yield to a pedestrian in a crosswalk.

The child was not injured.

A spokesperson from the Orange County Sheriff’s Office said Martinez has served as a crossing guard since November 2002.

“Crossing guards play an important role in keeping our children safe to and from school while crossing intersections. We would like to urge people to slow down and drive extra cautiously, especially in school zones," the spokesperson said.


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