EVANS CITY — A driver hit and injured a Seneca Valley teacher early Wednesday morning in front of the Evans City elementary and middle schools.
Borough police said the driver hit Barb Jespersen, a fifth grade teacher at the middle school, as she was crossing Route 68 in front of the school.
The accident occurred around 7:30 a.m. when a driver in the westbound lane stopped to let a car out of the school complex.
Justin Krill, 20, of Butler was driving eastbound on the road at that time and never saw the teacher crossing before he struck her.
“Luckily the driver wasn’t going fast at all,” said Officer Trina Loesch, noting that police were able to watch the accident after it was captured on security cameras at the school.
Loesch said the accident occurred before the sun had fully risen, and that poor lighting might have been a factor.
Jespersen went by ambulance to UPMC Passavant for treatment of leg and hip pain. She was conscious and alert before being taken to the hospital.
Seneca Valley spokesman Linda Andreassi said district officials are thankful the teacher escaped with minor injuries.
“Our understanding is that she will be fine,” Andreassi said. “As you can imagine, we were all immensely relieved to hear her injuries were minor and our thoughts are with her and her family. Of course, we’ll do whatever we can to support and assist her through her recovery.”
Police are investigating the accident but don’t expect to file any charges.