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Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Crossing Guard Hit This Morning on Highland Avenue in Fort Thomas

A crossing guard was hit this morning around 8:00 a.m. by a car traveling on Highland Avenue at James Avenue as the school day was beginning at Ruth Moyer Elementary in Fort Thomas. The school day begins at 8:15 a.m. and James Avenue is used for school drop-off, where a crossing guard is employed by the city.

According to police, the crossing guard, a male in his 50's, was hit by a car and sustained some minor injuries.  He was conscious and talking as police and emergency responders came onto the scene.

He was taken to the hospital for precautionary measures, but is expected to be okay.

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The driver, a 77-year old woman from Fort Thomas, was not injured in the crash and will not be charged.

"This is the absolute definition of an accident," said Fort Thomas Police Lt. Rich Whitford. "Because we haven't hit daylight savings yet, it was just dark enough where she just didn't see him."

Whitford said that the woman was shaken up from the accident. Police drove her, and her vehicle home.

There are seven schools in Fort Thomas, all of which are placed within residential zones. Whitford said that while that provides a unique settings in the community, it also can present its challenges. Crossing guards are city employees and are dispatched around schools and highly trafficked intersections in the city.

In September, the city of Fort Thomas advertised an open position for a crossing guard at N. Fort Thomas Avenue and Memorial Parkway, just north of Highlands High School and Highlands Middle School at $9.62 per hour. They posted the job once again in October.

"What people need to understand is that these crossing guards are doing a vital job in our community: keeping our children safe," he said. "We have our crossing guards telling us that they are getting yelled and screamed at for holding up traffic by residents. The message that we need to get across to those people who are in a hurry is to put your phones down and have a little patience around the schools. Their job of getting kids to school safe is more important that rushing around to your appointments."

Police said that temporarily the city is working on getting their crossing guards more reflective clothing as well as trying to light up those intersections until daylight savings times kick in to make the morning commute more well lit.

Whitford said that while the crossing guard who was injured may be off duty for a while, there are working with city and school officials to have someone stand in.

PHOTO: The intersection where a crossing guard was hit this morning. FTM file. 


  1. $9.62 an hour?? I think they deserve a lot more than that! It's a dangerous job.

  2. Yeah lots of luck trying to get people to put their phones down