LYNDHURST, N.J. -- Two 13-year-old Lyndhurst boys on their way to school were struck by a car Thursday morning, minutes before an elderly crossing guard was clipped on the hand by a hit-and-run driver, police said.
The boys were crossing Page Avenue to Ridge Road when they were struck by a vehicle driven by a 47-year-old Lyndhurst woman who was turning left in the same direction, Capt. John Valente said.
The boys were taken with minor cuts to Hackensack University Medical Center as a precaution, he said.
"The accident is still under investigation, but it appears that several factors may have contributed to the accident," Valente said.
"Sun glare may have been an issue for the vehicle operator," the captain said. "According to witness at the scene, the boys also were told by the crossing guard not to cross."
Six blocks away, a vehicle turning left onto Ridge Road from Valley Brook Avenue five minutes later struck the wrist of a crossing guard who had been standing in the middle of the roadway with his hands out signaling traffic to stop for crossing pedestrians.
The guard called out for the driver to stop, but the white Chrysler Pacifica accelerated and fled south on Ridge Road, Valente said.
The guard was treated at the scene for a minor wrist injury and remained on his post, the captain noted.
Police were trying to identify either the vehicle or the driver.
They asked that anyone who may have witnessed the incident, or has information that could help their investigation, call them at (201) 939-2900 . Or use the Lyndhurst police anonymous tip hotline: (201) 804-9436 .
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