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Feb. 8, 2006

Two students involved in three-car accident

by Merlyn Deng, Online Editor-in-Chief
Two female Blair students were involved in a three-car accident this morning before school when they were attempting to make a left turn into the student parking lot, according to assistant principal Suzanne Harvey. The students, a junior and a senior, were transported to the hospital immediately after the accident.

"Two girls were turning on an arrow off of University [Blvd.] into student parking," said assistant principal Linda Wanner, who did not witness the accidents but spoke with the girls at the hospital. Harvey received a call from the main office shortly thereafter and was one of the first Blair administrators on the scene, according to Wanner.
Graphic of car crash in the student parking lot. Image of intersection and copyright property of Microsoft Live Local. June Hu
Graphic of car crash in the student parking lot. Image of intersection and copyright property of Microsoft Live Local.

Harvey also did not witness the accident but spoke with police. "A car was traveling east on University and struck the car with the students," she said. The car with the students then hit a parent's car waiting at the traffic lights at Williamsburg Dr. to leave the school.

The car with the students sustained front- and side-end damage, according to Harvey. Wanner said that the car was not damaged on the passenger side, but its windshield was broken. Harvey said that the other two cars involved suffered front-end damage.

Harvey said that two police squad cars, three security personnel, a fire truck and an ambulance arrived soon after the accident occurred. Security assistant Jose Segura was one of the security personnel who arrived on the scene. "When I was doing my rounds, I saw a fire truck and an ambulance respond," he said. "I collected IDs from them, and I contacted administration."

According to Wanner, the students are just bruised and sore. "One had a banged up knee, and the sore ribs. They were X-rayed, and nothing is broken," she said. According to Harvey, the people in the other two cars were not sent to the hospital.



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  • . (View Email) on February 8, 2006 at 2:07 PM
    Although Wanner said the student driver claimed she was turning on a green arrow, Harvey said she heard that the light was solid green.

    This means that it was her right of way, correct? What is the difference between "green arrow" and "solid green" - sort of confusing
  • Allie (View Email) on February 8, 2006 at 2:11 PM
    Nice job getting this up so quickly, SCO!
  • jeff on February 8, 2006 at 2:19 PM
    MERLYN YOU ARE SO PROMPT AND WONDERFUl
  • ... on February 8, 2006 at 2:35 PM
    a fire truck arrived at the scene? wasn't it already there?
  • Librarian on February 8, 2006 at 2:50 PM
    Wow- quick work and great graphic! What was a parent's car doing exiting from the student parking lot? Thank goodness the girls are ok.
  • pratik on February 8, 2006 at 3:06 PM
    nice graphic, bad accident...
  • Merlyn Deng (View Email) on February 8, 2006 at 3:08 PM
    To ".":

    A solid green light would mean that the girls should have yielded to the car traveling down University. An arrow would mean that it was the girls' right to left-turn.

    Thank you for your interest in SCO, keep reading!

    -Merlyn Deng, SCO staff writer
  • ? on February 8, 2006 at 5:23 PM
    In the announcement at school today, they said something about the cell phone policy. Was that related to the accident?
  • J on February 8, 2006 at 5:35 PM
    Nice Graphic guys
  • Bad Parent!!! on February 8, 2006 at 6:11 PM
    Although the initial accident would not have been prevented if the parent had not been there, the secondary accident WOULD have been prevented. Students, I ask you to beep LOUDLY AND PROUDLY everytime you see a parent dropping off their kid in the morning in the University Boulevard student parking lot.
  • i love SCO on February 8, 2006 at 7:14 PM
    good job Merlyn! great coverage! and totally awesome graffic, June =)
  • jmh on February 8, 2006 at 7:31 PM
    to "?"

    According to Ms. Wanner, the cell phone policy speech was made after the announcement of the accident because "now that [she had our] attention," she would like to add a few words about another pressing concern (or something like that). But the answer to your question is that, no, the cell phones had nothing to do with the accident
  • Sam Silsbee on February 8, 2006 at 7:52 PM
    An exiting parent car was involved in this accident, and that is ridiculous. parents need to drop their kids off at the student drop off on colesville. this is the STUDENT PARKING LOT, and parents are not allowed to go there. security and the administration have done a terrible job of enforcing this policy, and it adds to congestion on university and in the lot. it also takes 5 minutes to park, and makes a lot of kids late to class. i have heard that the SGA has attempted to bring this up with the administration and security, but obviously nothing has happened. Security and the administrators spend hours harassing students about ID's, yet take no steps to correct a problem which has caused tons of tardies. In fact, a security staffer is in the parking lot every morning, and watches the endless parade of parents. This is one issue that really makes me mad, and what makes me madder is that there have been no steps made to fix it.
  • hey ya'll (View Email) on February 9, 2006 at 7:47 AM
    I really don't see why all of you are mad at the parent just because she was leaving the student parking lot. That whole parking lot area is a student drop off area and parking lot. It is not like the parent cause the accident the parent was just in the wrong place at the wrong time. We all should be glad that parent is alive. The person who we should really be mad at is the person who struck the students car. what it seems to me he ran a red light otherwise the green arrow would'nt have came on for the student to make that turn in the parking lot. Let's all stop being so selfish at times and look at the real picture.
  • pissed off on February 9, 2006 at 8:40 AM
    IDIOTS!!! The student parking lot is a STUDENT PARKING LOT. (note the lack of parent-drop-off in the name of the parking lot). The parent-drop-off is on the Colesville side of the school where there is a specific drop-off lane. Parents hold up traffic in the student parking lot, making it difficult for students to get to their parking spaces. Parents also cause problems because they block traffic, making it dangerous to drive. No parent should have been coming out of the University side because they shouldn't have been there in the first place. I'm sorry that parents are lazy, but now we can see why it is not the student parking lot/lazy parent drop-off.
  • angry student driver on February 9, 2006 at 8:48 AM
    Get out of our parking lot or we'll start hitting you on purpose!!!
  • Parent on February 9, 2006 at 8:50 AM
    I am a Blair parent and this is ridiculous. How dare you suggest that I drop off my straight A student a block away from the school on such blustery days as those that occur in the winter months. I am much too important to follow the rules.
  • 06 witness (View Email) on February 9, 2006 at 9:22 AM
    i the acident on my 2 edison & what saw was the one of the students was up & looked fine
  • B on February 9, 2006 at 9:52 AM
    to the moron who does not know the differnce between solid green and green arrow. the green arrow means you dont have to stop and the solid green means that you have to yield. are you sure that you werent the one who crashed in this accident. I hope you dont have a drivers license
  • to: hey ya'll on February 9, 2006 at 10:37 AM
    if im not mistaken, students are only suppposed to be dropped off in colesville and not allowed to use the student parking lot. can sco confirm this?
  • Bring back Wacke on February 9, 2006 at 11:53 AM
    Mr. Wacke would never have let a parent in the student parking lot.
  • simon on February 9, 2006 at 12:13 PM
    if I'm not mistaken, parents are actually not allowed to drop their kids off in the University side parking lot. However, if it wasn't a parent there, it would have been another student or somebody else. it's not like the space would have been empty and accident avoided if the parent hadn't been there. But, needless to say, parents dropping their kids off on the wrong side is a problem.
  • who on February 9, 2006 at 1:02 PM
    who were the girls?
  • blazer on February 9, 2006 at 3:26 PM
    to simon:
    "...if it wasn't a parent there, it would have been another student or somebody else."

    first off, why would a student be leaving school property in the morning when school would begin? and it wouldnt have been "someone else" because that someone else would have been a parent, since the students would be at school.
  • haha on February 9, 2006 at 9:26 PM
    No simon, because no student would have been exiting the parking lot that early in the morning ;-) haha
  • senior on February 10, 2006 at 12:07 PM
    Let's clear this up... the INITIAL accident would not have been prevented if parents were not in the student parking lot. HOWEVER, the secondary accident WOULD have been prevented. Needless to say, parents should NOT be allowed in the student parking lot.
  • m on February 10, 2006 at 1:26 PM
    nice graphic, bad accident...
  • to parents: leave on February 10, 2006 at 2:54 PM
    The parent drop-off zone is on Colesville, not University, and parent's should not be in the student parking lot. Someone should send something out on Blair's listserv asking parents to stop, and we need to make security stop them.
  • NO BULL on February 10, 2006 at 3:51 PM
    PARENTS NEED TO STOP PARKING IN THE STUDENT PARKING LOT. GO LEAVE THEM ON THE COLSVILLE SIDE!! LETS BE SMART ABOUT IT NOW. THAT PARENT NOW KNOWS TO NOT BE THERE!!
  • me on February 13, 2006 at 3:04 PM
    Although i do agree that parents need to drop off their children on the appropriate side and that by not following that rule many things are delayed; it looks like the parent was simply a victim of circumstance, they had no part in causing the accident they just suffered from the consequence.
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