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Vehicle hits Cornelius crossing guard, 82, in school crosswalk

In this 2009 picture, Cornelius Elementary School students learn how to make a difference in their community by collecting items for Goodwill.
In this 2009 picture, Cornelius Elementary School students learn how to make a difference in their community by collecting items for Goodwill. OBSERVER FILE

Cornelius Elementary School’s 82-year-old crossing guard is expected to recover after being struck by a vehicle while standing in the middle of a marked crosswalk outside the school Thursday, police said.

Crossing guard Robert Jarosz had a bright green reflective vest on and displayed a hand-held stop sign when he was struck by the eastbound vehicle about 3:45 p.m. in the 21000 block of Catawba Avenue, police said.

Jarosz was struck by the front bumper and front end of the vehicle.

Medic took him to Carolinas Medical Center, where he will remain over the weekend so medical staff can continue to monitor his injuries, police said.

Police said the driver, Larry Matthews, 78, of Cornelius, was traveling at or near the 20-mph speed limit and apparently didn’t see Jarosz or realize he’d struck someone. Witnesses had to stop the car.

Police cited Matthews for failure to reduce speed to avoid colliding with a pedestrian and failure to yield to a pedestrian in a crosswalk.

Since May 2011, Jarosz has been a part-time, civilian employee with the Cornelius Police Department and plans to retire as the school’s crossing guard at the end of June, police said. Police will sub for him as he recuperates.

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