Driver strikes Stamford crossing guard

September 7, 2018

STAMFORD — A woman has been charged with driving without a license after she struck an 83-year-old crossing guard on Thursday.

Assistant Police Chief Tom Wuennemann said an officer was flagged down and told a crossing guard was struck by a car at the corner of Stillwater Avenue and Virgil Street around noon Thursday. The officer found the guard lying on the ground and in pain.

The driver, Iris Morales-Cante, 18, told officers she came out of Virgil Street and made a right turn on Stillwater when she lost control of her car, striking the guard, Wuennemann said. The guard’s leg at one point was pinched between his own vehicle and the one Morales-Cante was driving, Wuennemann said.

Wuennemann said the crossing guard, who was wearing his reflective vest, was taken to Stamford Hospital where he was treated for scrapes and bruises. The guard was not crossing children when the accident occurred.

Morales-Cante was given a ticket for driving without a license and failure to drive in the proper lane.

Wuennemann said the collision comes at a time when the Stamford Police Department is in the process of conducting a needs assessment of all 80 school crossings in the city.