Houston student struck by car

WARNER ROBINS — A Northside Middle School student was struck by a car Wednesday morning before school began, according to a release from the Warner Robins Police Department.

At 7:23 a.m., a 13-year-old eighth-grade student was crossing Johnson Road when Judy Thompson Merrell, 47, of Warner Robins, who was driving a Cadillac DeVille, struck the student as she was crossing the northbound lane of the street at the intersection of Norman Lane, according to the release.

The student was not in a marked crosswalk, the release stated. The student was able to walk and talk after the incident, said Beth McLaughlin, Houston County’s director of community and school affairs.

The student was taken to The Medical Center of Central Georgia as a precaution and was later released after she was treated for minor cuts and bruises, said Tabitha Pugh, public information officer for the police department.

The student was accompanied by a parent and Ed Dyson, the system’s executive director for secondary operations, to the hospital, McLaughlin said.

Merrell did not sustain any injuries.

No charges are expected in the accident, Pugh said.

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