After a Pioneer Valley High School student was struck by a car Thursday, Santa Maria Police are urging both drivers and pedestrians to exercise caution around campuses.
The juvenile sustained minor injuries and was transported to Marian Regional Medical Center, according to Sgt. Duane Schneider.
Police were called to Panther Drive about 3 p.m. for a report of a "traffic injury collision." When officers arrived, they found an unidentified juvenile lying in the roadway.
Investigators determined that the teen was struck by a southbound vehicle making a left turn on to Panther Drive as the student was crossing the street, according to Schneider.
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The student was not utilizing a roadway crosswalk or marked intersection crosswalk to cross the street, and since the school had just let out, there was an increase of students and vehicles on the street, he added.
"There was a lot of traffic, and the student ran outside of the crosswalk," Schneider said. "As the juvenile was crossing, the vehicle made a left-hand turn to go south and struck (the student)."
Alcohol and drugs do not appear to be a factor in the collision.
"We remind motorists and pedestrians to use caution in and around schools throughout the day," Schneider said. "Pedestrians are encouraged to use crosswalks."