Published Wednesday, March 20, 2013 | 8:56 a.m.
Updated Wednesday, March 20, 2013 | 11:52 a.m.
Two children were hit by a car today after a parent stopped to drop them off for school in a no-parking zone and they tried to cross the street outside of a marked crosswalk, Metro Police officials said.
As the children attempted to cross Harmon Avenue, near Sandhill Road, at about 7:45 a.m., another car had to stop abruptly, police said. A trailing vehicle failed to notice the stopped car and hit it from behind, causing it to hit the children, police said.
They were transported to Sunrise Hospital and Medical Center with minor injuries. No one else was injured.
While it was a minor incident, Metro Police spokeswoman Laura Meltzer said, it highlights the need for parents to follow traffic rules in school zones. She urged parents to park only in designated areas and ensure their children only cross streets in crosswalks.
“The most egregious offenders of traffic safety are parents dropping off children to school,” Meltzer said.
The driver of the car that hit the stopped vehicle received a ticket for following too closely, police said.