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Tennessee crossing guard hit, injured by 15-year-old driver

Although not everyone with a driver's license is a capable driver, we generally assume that anyone without one probably shouldn't be on the road. Getting a driver's license indicates that you have both the knowledge and practical skill to be on the road, and anyone who is too young to drive or doesn't have a driver's license is likely to be dangerous behind the wheel. It seems those assumptions are true after a 15-year-old girl was caught driving without a license and causing a pedestrian accident.

The life of a school crossing guard does come with some risk, but generally drivers will notice a man or a woman standing in the middle of the road, shepherding children to the nearby school. A 55-year-old woman who was a longtime crossing guard in front of the Avery Trace Middle School in Cookeville, Tennessee, was standing near the entrance to a turnaround when the girl hit her with the passenger side of her car.

Cookeville Police and emergency medical personnel quickly responded to the scene. The woman was rushed to a local hospital in the ambulance, but it is unclear if she has been subsequently released. The Cookeville Herald-Citizen reports that her injuries are believed to be minor.

The Tennessee Highway Patrol is investigating the accident, but a trooper has already discovered the 15 year old was driving without a license or insurance. She had been dropping children off at the middle school and it seems another driver indicated she was free to leave. The teenager seems to have failed to double check that she was actually clear before she moved her car, which caused the collision. She has been charged with failure to yield and more charges are expected.

When these types of accidents happen, it is clear who is at fault and who should be held responsible for the crossing guard's medical bills. Had it not been for the teenager's irresponsible driving, the crossing guard would not have been hit or injured.


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