Rapid City student hit by SUV on her way to school

RAPID CITY, S.D. (KEVN) - A Robbinsdale Elementary first grader was hit by a car on the way to school Thursday morning.

According to a statement from Rapid City Area Schools, the student was injured. “We’re told that she is going to be okay and is expected to be released from the hospital today,” the statement read. Police say her injuries were minor.

When police arrived, the child was already taken to the hospital by a parent.

The accident happened when an SUV driver was passing a van that was parked on East Indian Street in front of the school. That’s when the child “darted into the roadway from in front of the van and was struck,” police say.

According to the police, there is no crosswalk in the area and the SUV driver was not at fault.

“It’s important to teach young children the proper use of crosswalks,” police community relations specialist Brendyn Medina said in a release. “Additionally, kids should practice looking both ways before crossing a street as they head to school. If, for some reason, a crosswalk is not available, it’s advisable that a parent walk with that child to cross the street safely.”