A Saxe Middle School student was crossing the street at South Avenue at noon on July 5 when a car making a left turn onto Farm Road slightly struck her left side, police said.
According to Sgt. Carol Ogrinc, the young girl, 13, did not hit the ground or sustain any serious injuries, however, she was shaken up and transported to Norwalk Hospital to be evaluated, said Ogrinc.
The driver, Kenneth Mountcastle, was an 83-year-old man who claims that he was driving south on South Avenue with his left turn signal on, waiting for a car travelling north to pass, when the green light turned red as he was stuck in the intersection, said Ogrinc.
The man claims the car travelling north ran the red light, causing him to be in the crosswalk still when the light turned red and, apparently, he did not see the little girl walk into the intersection, said Ogrinc.
A witness stated that the walk signal indicating the right of way for pedestrians was on when the young girl walked into the crosswalk, said Ogrinc.
The driver was issued a summons for failure to yield the right of way to a pedestrian in a crosswalk, his license was taken and he will be re-tested, said Ogrinc.
The young girl is home now, said Ogrinc.
According to the young girl's father, Roy Abramowitz, his daughter "spent nine hours in the emergency room, endured much pain and has a cast on her entire left arm for multiple sprains," said Abramowitz.
"(We) wish to express (our) deepest graditude and thanks to the New Canaan Police Officers, EMS and Assistant Principal at Saxe, Linda Spinard, who resonded to (our daughter's) acident yesterday and took wonderful care of her," said Abramowitz, "Kudos to all."