State College

State College High School student hospitalized, was struck by car while crossing Westerly Parkway

A State College Area High School student sustained minor injuries after being hit by a car Tuesday outside of the high school.

Two students were walking across Westerly Parkway at about 5:50 p.m. between the school’s North and South buildings when a car heading east hit one of the teens, according to a news release from the district.

She sustained cuts, bruises and brush burns and stayed overnight at Mount Nittany Medical Center.

The side-view mirror hit the other student, but she did not need medical attention, according to the release.

The district is exploring adding safety features to the crosswalk, such as an electronic pedestrian crossing system, district Physical Plant Director Ed Poprik said. The crossing is expected to experience heavier foot traffic this year when construction begins on the new high school, he said.

“Based on this incident, the district is exploring whatever intermediate methods to hasten the improvements ahead of the project,” Poprik said.