Eight students struck by vehicle in Hyattsville school’s parking lot -- Gazette.Net


Eight Northwestern High School students suffered non-life-threatening injuries after being hit by a vehicle Sept. 26 in the Hyattsville school’s parking lot, according to Chris Purvis, spokesman for the Hyattsville Police Department.

The students, members of the school’s Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps, were lined up in formation when they were struck by a Honda Accord just before 6 p.m. They were taken to hospitals and appeared to have suffered non-life-threatening injuries, Purvis said.

“People were visibly shaken,” said William Kitchings, principal of Northwestern’s Evening High School, located in the same building as the high school on 7000 Adelphi Road.

The vehicle was driven by a 19-year-old Mount Rainier man, who only had a learner’s permit, Purvis said.

According to Purvis, the driver said his vision was hampered by sun glare. He is being charged with multiple counts of negligent driving and failure to control his vehicle. He is also being charged for operating a vehicle without supervision.

Purvis said the department does not release the name of the person charged in traffic incidents.