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Janesville Police: Injured pedestrians were in the wrong

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FRANK J. SCHULTZ
July 9, 2011
— Two Janesville traffic accidents on Thursday involved pedestrians acting incorrectly, police say.

The first of the unrelated accidents occurred about 4 p.m. at Mount Zion Avenue and Excalibur Drive, when a 13-year-old girl tried to cross the street with a 3-year-old girl in her arms.


The driver saw a group of children who looked like they wanted to cross the road and slowed down, but the 13-year-old, who did not seem to be aware of the car, stepped out, and the driver could not stop in time, according to the police report.


The resulting impact sent both girls to the hospital and broke the top right corner of the windshield of the Dodge Stratus.


One witness told police the girls “darted out” in front of the vehicle.


The 13-year-old suffered a bump on the head, and the 3-year-old had a small scratch on her head, according to the report. Mercy Hospital and Trauma Center does not release condition reports on minors.


The 13-year-old was cited for sudden movement into traffic.


The second accident, around 7 p.m., involved a 17-year-old boy.


The car was on Mohawk Road approaching Palmer Drive when the teen jumped onto the rear of the car, according to the report.


The teen allegedly told police he did so in order to “do a stripper dance.”


He fell, hit his head on the blacktop and was transported for medical treatment. He was cited for jumping onto a moving vehicle.



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