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Driver hits 2 kids near elementary school in Salem

The incident happened in the parking lot at Chávez Elementary School Tuesday morning. The kids were taken to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries.
Cesar Chavez Elementary School in Northeast Salem.

SALEM, Ore. — Two kids were hit by a vehicle outside an elementary school in Salem Tuesday morning, Salem-Keizer Public Schools confirmed to KGW. 

The incident happened around 7:45 a.m. in the parking lot at Chávez Elementary School near Walker Road Northeast and Serra Court Northeast.

The students were taken to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries, according to Salem police.

The driver of the vehicle was at the school dropping off their own kid when they hit the two children at a slow speed in the parking lot. The driver's vision was impaired by sunshine, Salem police said. They stayed at the scene and cooperated with police.

Mónica Takata, the principal of Chávez Elementary School, sent a letter to elementary school staff, family and students to notify them about the incident:

Dear Chávez Elementary Families,

I just want to let you know about an incident this morning during drop off. Two of our students were struck by a vehicle in the parking lot this morning. The students were transported by emergency vehicles for medical care and will be okay. I wanted to let you know in case you or your student had any concerns about all the activity at our school this morning.

Safety Reminders:

  • Follow speed limit on Walker Rd. 20 MPH when lights are flashing.
  • Speed limit in the parking lot is 10 MPH.
  • Be on the lookout for students and adults during drop off and pick up times.

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