PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – Police have identified the woman who was driving a car that crashed, hitting and critically injuring a school crossing guard in Penn Hills Thursday.
Police say 42-year-old Kristen Edgar of Penn Hills was behind the wheel with her 4-year-old son, Alex, in the car.READ MORE: Erie Surgeon Who Has Battled Coronavirus Undergoes Successful Double-Lung Transplant At UPMC Presbyterian
Edgar is currently in fair condition at Forbes Hospital. Her son has been treated and released.
In the crash, school crossing guard – 68-year-old Kenneth Cleveland – was badly injured. Cleveland is currently at Forbes Hospital in critical condition in their intensive care unit.
Exactly why the accident happened is what Penn Hills Police are still trying to determine.
The Penn Hills Police chief says that speed was a factor in the crash, but has not said if anything else affected the crash.
“Based on what the witnesses say, possibly speed was a factor,” said Chief Howard Burton. “They say this vehicle was moving pretty fast on Hulton Road.
The accident happened around 3 p.m. on Hulton Road, near the intersection of Saltsburg Road.READ MORE: Building Partially Collapses In Perry South
After hitting the guard, the car then slammed into a utility pole and caught on fire.
After the impact, a Penn Hills officer rushed to help Cleveland who had been knocked several feet down the street as Edgar’s car caught fire.
She and Alex were helped from the car by Allegheny Sheriff’s Deputy James Scholtz.
“The lady seemed to be in shock, the child just kept asking for his mom. He seemed to be good; she had him strapped in well. He seemed to be fine, I didn’t see any marks on him as I moved him,” said Scholtz.
Chief Burton says they are looking into whether there was a mechanical problem with the car. He was also asked if Edgar had any medical conditions that could have been a factor.
“That has not been brought up yet. We have to talk to her and the family and continue the investigation,” he said.
The Penn Hills School District is working to get another crossing guard at the intersection.MORE NEWS: 94-Year-Old World War II Veteran From Allegheny Co. Finally Receives High School Diploma
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