Inattentive driver hits student in crosswalk

An 11-year-old girl was hit Wednesday morning in Shelley while crossing a busy intersection on her way to school.

Shelley Police Chief Rod Mohler said the accident happened at the intersection of Locust Street and Highway 91.

“The young girl had done everything right,” Mohler said. “She had the orange flag in her hand and everything. He just wasn’t paying attention.”

The victim was not seriously injured, and was taken to Eastern Idaho Regional Medical Center. The driver told police he did not see the girl in the crosswalk until just before he hit her. He was cited for misdemeanor inattentive driving.

Shelley School District Superintendent Bryan Jolley said the intersection had been the site of previous accidents, though he did not recall any that involved students. The city is pursuing a grant that would fund the installation of crosswalk lights at the intersection.

Reporter Johnathan Hogan can be reached at 208-542-6746.