GP student hit by car during walk home from school

GRANTS PASS, Ore. —There was a frightening moment near a Grants Pass middle school Thursday after a student was hit by a car near campus. The 6th grader was hit just short of the intersection of Williams Highway and Harbeck Rd.

It all happened just down the street from South Middle School, after school. We spoke to the 11-year-old Friday, he says he’s okay. He told us he darted in front of the cars, instead of using the crosswalk.

But according to parents and guardians, it can be a dangerous area for pedestrians.

“At the end of school when there are 20, 40, 50 kids walking down this sidewalk you have to go slow you have to watch out and you can’t even guess what a child is going to do,” said the child’s grandfather.

Even though the accident occurred on busy Williams Highway, firefighters tell us the area doesn’t have a history of pedestrian accidents.

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Jenna King is the 6pm and 11pm anchor for NBC5 News. Jenna is a Burbank, CA native. She graduated from the University of Oregon with a degree in Broadcast Journalism and a minor in Sports Business. During her time at Oregon she was part of the student-run television station, Duck TV. She also grew her passion for sports through her internship with the PAC 12 Network. When Jenna is not in the newsroom you can find her rooting for her hometown Dodgers, exploring the outdoors or binging on the latest Netflix release.
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