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Student struck by vehicle near Martinsburg elementary school treated, released from hospital

August 31, 2012

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. — A 6-year-old Burke Street Elementary School student was struck by a vehicle Friday morning in front of the school in the 400 block of West Burke Street in Martinsburg, according to Berkeley County school and emergency services officials.

The girl, who appeared to have a cut on her chin, was treated at City Hospital in Martinsburg and released, according to police, school and hospital officials.

The driver, Ashley J. King, 22, of Martinsburg, was cited for having no operator’s license and speeding in a school zone, according to Martinsburg Police Cpl. Adam Albaugh.

Angela Parkinson, 30, of Martinsburg, was cited for allowing King to drive her Nissan Maxima without a license, Albaugh said.

King was traveling about 25 miles per hour in a 15 mph zone when children are present, according to Albaugh.

The girl was crossing Burke Street in front of the school at 8:18 a.m. and had come out from behind a vehicle when she was struck by the car’s front bumper and thrown off the vehicle before hitting another, according to Albaugh.

Berkeley County Schools spokesperson Leah Daniel said the student was with an adult and had not been aboard a school bus before being struck.

“Drivers are urged to be cautious in school zones and to watch out for our students,” Daniel said. 

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