An Oak Hills High School sophomore was hit by a car while walking home from school on Tuesday.
The 15-year-old girl was walking eastbound down El Centro Street, one of several unpaved roads without sidewalks surrounding the new high school, where motorists and pedestrians share the road.
According to the California Highway Patrol, the student moved to the left to get out of the way of a car also driving eastbound down El Centro, just as the motorist moved the same direction to avoid the girl, and car and student collided.
"You know the old James Bond saying, shaken but not stirred," said Hesperia Unified School District police chief Mike Graham.
Despite a lack of visible injuries, the student complained of pain and was taken by ambulance to Desert Valley Hospital to be examined.
The motorist was driving approximately 20 to 25 miles per hour at the time of the collision, according to William Osegueda, a spokesman for the California Highway Patrol.
"[The student] was actually walking down the middle of the road," Osegueda said Wednesday morning. "Based on that, we're not going to pursue any charges on the driver."
HUSD school police do direct traffic around Oak Hills before and after school, but only at the paved intersections the district encourages staff, students and parents to use, specifically at Coyote Trail and Ranchero Road and at Coyote Trail and El Centro Street, according to Graham.
But many drivers leave the sometimes-crowded paved Ranchero Road and Escondido Avenue in favor of the dirt roads surrounding the school.
"We have had complaints from parents on both sides of the coins," said Graham. "We've had complaints that we need to get the kids out of the road, and we've had parents complain that we have no right to tell their children to get out of the road."
Meanwhile, the HUSD and County of San Bernardino are discussing paving additional roads surrounding Oak Hills High School, according to HUSD Superintendent Mark McKinney.
"We're very fortunate that the young lady's OK," said McKinney on Tuesday afternoon. "And any road, whether it's dirt or paved, can be dangerous. I think we all have an obligation, whether we walk, ride a bike or drive cars, to be cautious, especially around schools."
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