Teacher hit by parent’s car in Memphis school parking lot

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MEMPHIS, Tenn. --A teacher is recovering after being hit by a car in a school parking lot.
Deputies say the teacher was taken to the hospital after being struck but is expected to be fine.

On Friday morning flashing blue lights welcomed students to Lowrance Elementary. The commotion at the school even caught the attention of those living nearby.

"I saw all of the news vans, I’m disabled so I rolled out in my wheelchair, to see what was going on," said Jimmy Hibbler who lives near the school.

News that an elementary teacher had been hit by a parent’s car as she walked towards the entrance of the school spread before the school day even got off to a good start.

"Very surprising nothing like that has ever happened here, I hope the teacher is fine," added Hibbler.

According to Shelby County sheriff’s office the parent lost control of their vehicle while dropping off children for school. The car hit a curb and then hit the teacher before coming to a stop.

"Knocked her into the pavement, she hit her head on the pavement and has a cut on the back of her head," said
Earle Ferrell who is with Shelby County Sheriff’s office he says in 45 years he’s never seen anything like this at a school.

"More used to students getting hit by fist by students than teachers getting hit by a car it just doesn’t happen very often."

He believes the parent may have been going too fast in the busy parking lot.
Hibbler just hopes this is the first and last time something like this happens.

"Accidents happen absolutely so I’m sure thats what happened and I’m sure that’s what it was an accident."

Shelby County Schools is now emphasizing the importance of remaining alert in school zones to make sure it doesn’t happen again.

The driver of the vehicle was not ticketed on scene but the crash is under investigation​.

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