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Principal reminds students to use crosswalk after one is hit by car

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CEDAR RAPIDS (KWWL) -

A 15-year-old girl is seriously injured after being hit by a car around 7:30 this morning.

It happened right outside of Kennedy High School in Cedar Rapids on 42nd Street, west of Wenig Road.

The teen was taken to St. Luke's Hospital and then transferred to the University of Iowa Hospital in Iowa City.

Police say the teen was not in the crosswalk at the time of the accident.

Students say it's common for them to not use the crosswalk on 42nd Street. 

"Most of the time kids almost never walk all the way down to the cross stop they just cross right next to that stop sign over there just to get to school faster," says Nathan Drahos, a Kennedy senior.

Police say the student stepped off of the curb and was hit.

"I'm hoping she gets well soon and we are hoping to see her back here," says Pablo Estrada, a Kennedy senior.

The car on scene had a broken windshield.

The presumed driver was not hurt and was on scene this morning along with multiple investigators.

The accident happened just blocks away from 42nd Street construction.

Kennedy High School Principal Jason Kline is reminding students to be cautious.

"I know we are definitely going to be more cautious our principal definitely said we need to start using the crosswalk more," says Drahos.

Kline sent a letter to parents today it reads as follows:

Hello Kennedy Families,
As you may have heard, a Kennedy student was hit by a car before school began this morning while crossing 42nd Street.  The student is now recovering at an area hospital.  Please keep this student in your thoughts and prayers. School counselors are available today to support those students who may need any emotional support regarding this.  
This situation provides an opportunity for me to again remind everyone to use extreme caution when crossing the streets surrounding our school. Many students cross either 42nd Street or Wenig Road to get to and from school. Those crossing the streets should only be crossing at crosswalks. I hope you will reinforce safety as a top priority with your child tonight at home.  I am also reminding our entire Kennedy community to use caution when driving near Kennedy (and any school). There are always students entering and exiting campus throughout the day. 
Thank you,

Police say the driver is not being charged in this case, but was given a ticket for having an expired license plate.

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