17-year-old Candice Fulcher was struck and critically injured by a vehicle while running across an intersection to catch a school bus on Thursday, the Ventura County Star reports.
According to witnesses, Fulcher, of Ventura, was crossing north Telephone Road in a crosswalk against a red light when a car driven by 24-year-old Monique Rodriguez, also of Ventura, struck her. Rodriguez was not cited for the crash and was fully cooperative with authorities. Fulcher is currently being treated at Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital.
One witness to the incident noted that he often sees students crossing the same intersection against a red light in order to catch the school bus on Petit Avenue, highlighting an area in which school district and city officials may need to improve student safety and facilitate discussion on student bus stops.
I wish the victim a full and speedy recovery from her injuries.
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