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Driver charged after striking student, crossing guard

By Linda Looney-Bond

lbond@news-daily.com

A man faces charges after he allegedly hit a student and a school crossing guard in front of Martin Luther King, Jr., Elementary School, on West Lee's Mill Rd., in College Park, Wednesday morning.

The female crossing guard, whose name was not immediately released, was escorting a 9-year-old boy across the street when the incident occurred, according to Officer Otis Willis, III, a spokesman for the Clayton County Police Department.

"As they proceeded to go across the road, a blue, 1998 Dodge Caravan was traveling southbound on West Lee's Mill Road," Willis said. "It did not stop, and struck both pedestrians."

The juvenile was not transported to a hospital, according to Willis. "The juvenile's mother responded to the scene, and he was released to her," Willis said.

"Clayton County rescue responded, and the crossing guard was transported to Henry Medical Center," he said. Willis said the guard had minor injuries.

The driver, Donell Lee Adams, 59, was charged with failure to obey a crossing guard, and driving with a suspended license, according to Willis. "His license was suspended August of 1995," Willis said.

Adams complained of feeling ill, and was transported to a local hospital, Willis said.

"Adults need to be aware of the school season, and pedestrians, and be aware of their surroundings," he added. "Slow down when you see a crossing guard, and render them the same respect that you would the law enforcement," he advised.