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Eight Northwestern ROTC students hit by car

Police: Driver only had learner's permit

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Published on: Thursday, October 03, 2013

By Jim Davis

Eight Northwestern High School students were rushed to local hospitals last Thursday evening after being hit by car in the school’s rear parking lot.

The eight students are members of the Hyattsville school’s ROTC program. They were practicing in the parking lot when a vehicle struck them, said Mark Brady, chief spokesman for Prince George’s County Fire/EMS Department.

The county Fire Department responded just before 6 p.m. for a reported pedestrian struck. Responding units reported that eight students were injured and additional units were requested.

The driver is a 19-year-old Mount Rainier man who was driving with a learner’s permit, Hyattsville Police Chief Doug Holland said. Investigators said the driver failed to negotiate a turn or stop, plowing right into the students. He has been charged with multiple counts of negligent driving and failure to control his vehicle, Holland said.

“We believe cause of the accident appears to be sun glare,” Holland said.

A paramedic on the scene said one student was “knocked down.”

“Her right elbow (is) hurt. That’s all. We have her on a backboard as a precaution,” the paramedic said.

Two of the students were taken to Children’s National Medical Center in Washington, D.C., Brady said.

“All sustained non-life threatening (injuries), a combination of scrapes, bruises,” Brady said. “A possible head injury is the most serious we saw here today.”

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