EagleTribune.com, North Andover, MA

October 18, 2012

Groveland crossing guard struck by car, not badly hurt

By Dave Rogers Staff Writer
The Eagle-Tribune

---- — GROVELAND — A Pentucket school crossing guard directing traffic near the front entrance to the Dr. Elmer S. Bagnall Elementary School off School Street was injured yesterday morning after being struck by a car driven by a parent, officials said.

Although the car was traveling at a low speed, 60-year-old Paul C. Bezanson of Greenleaf Street in Seabrook was hurled onto the car’s hood and fell to the ground around 8:30 a.m. He was transported to an area hospital, where he was treated and released.

Bezanson, the school’s daytime custodian, was one of a handful of volunteers helping ensure students made it safely off buses and from other cars into the school when the accident occurred, according to Pentucket School Superintendent Jeffrey Mulqueen.

“He’s doing well; there are no broken bones,” Mulqueen said.

Bagnall Elementary School Principal Elaine Champion quickly told students of the accident and also sent an email alert to parents.

“During morning announcements, I explained to the children that there had been an accident and reassured them that everyone was safe and being taken care of as some of them had seen the emergency vehicles out front,” Champion wrote.

Groveland police Deputy Chief Jeffrey Gillen said it appears the female Groveland resident lost sight of Bezanson in the sun’s glare and struck him.

“She simply didn’t see him,” Gillen said, adding the driver was not charged.

Officer Heather Riley, who was directing traffic into the school’s long driveway from School Street, was the first at the scene. She was assisted by Groveland firefighters, officer Eric Gorski and Detective James Morton.

Mulqueen said the accident was unrelated to traffic concerns recently expressed by parents and the Pentucket School Committee regarding the much busier School Street.

“The concern for safety was at the top of driveway where there were buses and cars coming in and out of the highway,” Mulqueen said.

Both Mulqueen and Gillen said the accident could have been much worse, but since the driveway by the front entrance is narrow, it is hard for motorists to generate much speed while picking up or dropping off their children.

“It’s a pretty tight spot,” Mulqueen said.