A 14-year-old Brookfield boy sustained what police termed non-life threatening injuries when he was struck by a car as he ran across Golf Road to get to Riverside-Brookfield High School on Tuesday, Sept. 27 at about 7:55 a.m.
A 2004 Nissan being driven by a 39-year-old Bolingbrook woman who was on her way to work at Brookfield Zoo struck the boy as he ran across the street, police said. The vehicle was reportedly traveling at about 15 mph.
The driver was cited for failure to exercise due care with a pedestrian in the roadway. Paramedics transported the boy to Loyola University Medical Center for treatment.
Tuesday was the first day Washington Avenue in Brookfield was closed at Salt Creek to accommodate construction of the Forest Avenue pump station, and police said traffic was “extremely heavy” in the area of Ridgewood and Golf roads.
Extra police personnel had been assigned to the area by both Brookfield and Riverside, according to a press release issued by the Riverside Police Department.
“During this construction period, both with the projects at First Avenue in Riverside and the [pump station] project in Brookfield, students, staff and parents must leave extra time to drop off and pick up their kids from Riverside-Brookfield High School as traffic will continue to be heavy for at least the next six weeks,” said Riverside Police Chief Thomas Weitzel.