A student was hit by a vehicle while crossing Hard Road near Worthington Kilbourne High School early Friday morning, Jan. 5, but is expected to recover after being taken to a hospital, according to Worthington Schools Superintendent Trent Bowers.

The incident occurred at 7 a.m., he said.

According to Bowers, the student was going to school early to work on homework and was arriving before all safety procedures began for the day.

The student was struck by a vehicle but did not suffer life-threatening injuries, he said.

Although authorities initially believed the child ran across Hard Road rather than going to a crosswalk, Bowers said, they determined a crosswalk had been used after speaking with the student and the student's parents.

"What we've learned this afternoon is that the student was in the crosswalk, got confused and crossed before it was time to cross," he said. "Therefore, an accident occurred."

Bowers said the student was recovering at home Friday afternoon.

He also said the school district plans to post a police officer at the crosswalk between McCord Middle School and the high school starting Monday, Jan. 8.

The incident happened outside Worthington’s jurisdiction, according to Worthington Division of Police Chief Jerry Strait.

Strait said Columbus police and medics responded to the scene. Attempts to learn more about the accident from the Columbus Division of Police were unsuccessful.

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