Crossing guard hit by a car Wednesday morning
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GREENDALE - A Greendale crossing guard remains in the hospital after getting hit by a car. The kids who count on her to get to school safely are hoping for a fast recovery.
The corner of Northway and Arrowood in Greendale is usually quiet and controlled on school days. But Wednesday morning, it wasn't the scene parents wanted to see taking their kids to class.
"Squad cars and a lot of sirens," one parent said. She asked to remain anonymous.
Crossing guard Karen Ziglinski entered the crosswalk and raised her stop sign, like she has countless times before. An 87-year old-driver didn't stop.
"We decided to run to see what happened and we saw it was Karen laying in the road."
It happened just up the road from the spot five year old Ava Zimmerman was hit and killed three years ago as she tried to cross the street. Her family was determined to raise awareness.
"We are passionate about making sure this never happens to another family," says aunt Christy Cool.
Witnesses say Karen was alert and had kept the kids on the sidewalk so none of them were in danger.
"There was a lot of hubub," the parent explains. "There were a lot of families and the police were trying to talk to her at the time."
Described as "diligent", Karen is on a first name basis with the kids and likes to bring them treats around the holidays.
"She always takes good care of us when we cross the street and when we go home."
But they say the best present they could get is Karen's quick recovery.
"Yeah, we love her. Everybody loves her."
The driver did stop at the scene. We're told Karen suffered significant injuries, but should recover.