Mountain View Voice

News - March 29, 2013

Huff crossing guard hit by car

Woman was not severely injured in crash

by Nick Veronin

A Huff Elementary School crossing guard is alive but doesn't remember being hit by a red-light-running car on Monday, while she was on the job at the intersection of Grant Road and Phyllis Avenue, according to a school staff member.

The guard apparently suffered from a concussion, which could explain why she doesn't remember the accident, said Huff secretary Deborah Stone-Tuban.

According to the Mountain View Police Department, the woman was hit by a white Toyota Matrix shortly before 3:15 p.m. on March 25. The Matrix, driven by a 19-year-old Livermore woman, Madina Siddiqi, was heading south on Grant Road when the driver allegedly ran a red light, was broadsided by a westbound car on Phyllis Avenue, and then spun out, colliding with the 37-year-old guard and a traffic signal pole.

Stephanie Lichtwardt, who lives near the school, said she arrived on the scene of the collision at about 3:30 p.m. — about 15 minutes after the accident occurred.

According to Stone-Tuban, the crossing guard is now at home recovering from her injuries, none of which was life-threatening.

The woman was transported to a local hospital after being struck, but had no broken bones; a CT scan revealed no serious internal injury, the secretary said. However, Stone-Tuban added, the crossing guard sustained a concussion during the accident and told school officials she has no recollection of being hit. It is unclear whether the impact of the car or a subsequent fall caused her head injury.

The crossing guard, who keeps her post on a cement island near the southwest corner of the intersection, could have been killed had she been standing at her post at the time of the accident, Stone-Tuban said in an email.

Neither the driver of the car that broadsided Siddiqi — a 39-year-old woman — nor the 11-year-old girl also in the car was injured, according to a police report.

Siddiqi complained of pain to her right hip.

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