Two youngsters killed exterior Riverdale Elementary faculty, police say

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Two youngsters have been struck and killed by a car close to Riverdale Elementary College in Prince George’s County, Riverdale Park police mentioned Monday morning.

Officers responded at about 8 a.m. to Riverdale and Taylor roads for a “collision involving two youngsters strolling to highschool,” Riverdale Park Police mentioned in a short assertion posted to X, previously Twitter. The varsity is positioned about 4 miles northeast of the Maryland-D.C. border.

Prince George’s police are taking up the investigation, authorities mentioned.

Doubleday mentioned he didn’t know their exact ages however mentioned they have been about 8 years outdated. The motive force of the car that struck them remained on the scene after the crash, Doubleday mentioned.

In a word to the Riverdale Elementary College group, Assistant Principal Melissa Moore wrote that the crash had occurred in entrance of the varsity throughout morning arrival time, however she supplied no extra particulars. Moore didn’t point out if the victims have been college students on the faculty.

Moore wrote that oldsters might decide up their youngsters early Monday in the event that they wished to, an a stream of fogeys stood in line exterior the varsity Monday afternoon to try this. They gripped their youngsters’s palms and walked them out previous the varsity’s black gates subsequent to the playground.

“It’s heartbreaking, horrible,” Joslin Evans mentioned as she escorted her preschooler, wearing a dinosaur jacket.

Evans mentioned she dropped two of her youngsters on the faculty, together with a fifth-grader, shortly after the crash. She noticed the yellow police tape the place the crash had occurred however didn’t know what had occurred. She was again round 1 p.m. to retrieve her youngsters.

Evans mentioned she has seen crossing guards within the afternoons, however within the mornings she has not seen them on the intersection the place the youngsters have been struck. Authorities haven’t mentioned whether or not there have been any on responsibility this morning.

One other guardian, Candice Hebron, dropped off her third-grader at Riverdale Elementary round 7:40 a.m. after which headed to drop off his siblings at one other faculty.

If there isn’t a crossing guard on the intersection, Hebron mentioned, she has seen law enforcement officials strolling college students throughout the road. Hebron mentioned drivers ought to listen and be ready to attend at the least 10 to fifteen minutes Monday when touring via that space.

“I hope drivers take their time and understand there’s going to be site visitors,” Hebron mentioned. “Be affected person.”

Maryland state Del Ashanti Martinez (D-Prince George’s) mentioned in a message on X that he was significantly saddened by the tragedy.

The fatalities come the identical day six youngsters in Fairfax County suffered life-threatening accidents when a driver misplaced management of an SUV and it struck a tree round 5 a.m., police mentioned. Investigators have decided pace and alcohol performed a task within the Merrifield, Va. crash, and mentioned the teenage driver has been charged with allegedly driving beneath the affect.

It is a growing story and shall be up to date.

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