Van strikes Waukesha North H.S. student

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Van strikes Waukesha North H.S. student

By Jay Sorgi. CREATED Oct 18, 2012 - UPDATED: Oct 18, 2012

WAUKESHA - The Waukesha Police Department tells Newsradio 620 WTMJ that a van hit a Waukesha North High School student while she was walking towards school.

The crash occurred at 7:50 a.m. at the corner of Greenmeadow Drive and Summit Avenue, a couple blocks away from the school and just yards from the high school's athletic complex.

The 15-year-old girl was "waiting to cross Summit Avenue by Greenmeadow.  She had seen a vehicle coming westbound on Summit Avenue, but was indicating to turn southbound onto Greenmeadow," said Waukesha Police Captain Ron Oremus to 620WTMJ's Jay Sorgi.

At that point, she stepped into the crosswalk.

"She did not see that there was a van behind the vehicle that was turning.  That van came around the first vehicle and struck her as she stepped into the crosswalk."

The girl was taken to the hospital with what was believed to be head and leg injuries.  She should survive.

"We're thankful that she's all right," said Oremus.

There was no indication of any alcohol or drugs with the driver of the crash.  He was not injured.

Police also did not have any initial indication that the girl was listening to headphones or distracted in any other way.

Authorities shut down the intersection as they investigated the crash scene, along with Summit Avenue (U.S. 18) between Briar Hill Drive and Western Avenue.

Police have since re-opened that intersection.