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Olympic HS student struck by vehicle, airlifted to Harborview
A 17-year-old Olympic High School girl was struck by a Toyota Tacoma pickup around 7 a.m. Wednesday on Central Valley Road.
Central Kitsap Fire and Rescue arrived on scene and transported her to Harrison Medical Center in Silverdale. She was then air-lifted to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle.
She had broken bones and head trauma, according to Ileana LiMarzi, the public information officer for Central Kitsap Fire and Rescue.
According to Susan Gregg at Harborview, the girl arrived at the hospital in serious condition.Gregg said the girl had some injuries she will need to overcome, but she is going to be OK.
The girl's brother, who is also a student at Olympic, was walking with her at the time of the accident.
She was struck while using the crosswalk at the south end of Fairview Junior High by Conifer Drive on Central Valley Road.
Joe Camasto lives down the road from Fairview. His daughter attends the school, and the two of them were walking to the junior high just after 7 a.m. Camasto said he told his daughter, "Don't look. Just keep walking."
"When people drop their kids off and turn around to take off, they forget it's a school zone," he said.
David Beil, community relations director at Central Kitsap School District, said school at both Fairview and Olympic High School is running as scheduled.
According to Beil, the district has counselors on standby for any students or staff who might need them.
Beil said the district is awaiting the outcome of the sheriff's office investigation to look into the cause of the accident and whether lighting and visibility were factors.
"We're using this as an opportunity to remind drivers to please use extra caution when you're driving near a school," Beil said.
He also encouraged parents to talk to their kids about pedestrian safety.
This marks the second time a teenager has been struck in Kitsap County on the way to school in the last two months.
On October 26, 15-year-old Cassidy Ann Holtzman was hit by a car in Port Orchard walking to her bus stop. Holtzman, a South Kitsap High School student, was air-lifted to Harborview and later died of her injuries.
In that case, the incident did not occur at a crosswalk.