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Six Children Hit By Vehicles in Two Weeks

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KENNEWICK, Wash.-- Six kids have been hit by vehicles in our area in the past two weeks.

It all started about two weeks ago when two young children were playing in the street in Kennewick and were hit by a truck. Then, a seven-year-old girl was hit by a car in the parking lot of Amistad Elementary School.  The fourth happened Monday in Pasco.  Tuesday,  two other kids were hit.  A boy on a bike collided with a school bus and a 12-year-old boy was hit in Hermiston.

Police say there's no rhyme or reason to what's been happening, but they say it can be prevented by both drivers and people crossing streets.  First, they explain drivers need to be cautious.  Officer Sean Granger with Pasco Police says, "If you see pedestrians, pay attention.  In a school zone, pay extra attention because there's a higher chance of kids being present."

Lorraine Cooper, Communications Director for Kennewick School District, says, "If you're nearing a school zone, even if the yellow light isn't flashing, there's a good chance kids are around, so that's a good time to be extra vigilant."

Kids also must be very careful when walking across the road. Police say to stop and look both ways even if there is a crosswalk.

Fortunately none of the kids hit in our area have life-threatening injuries and are all expected to recover. Three, however, were taken to hospitals in Western Washington.