Crossing guard struck after cars crash near Garner elementary school

A crossing guard near Aversboro Elementary School was hurt and a 26-year-old driver was cited Thursday after one car rear-ended a second and the second car struck the guard, police said.

The guard, Tammy Hawkins, 53, was seriously hurt, police said.

She was thrown onto the hood of the car nearest her, a Volkswagen Jetta, and then dropped onto the pavement at Timber and Harth drives, police reported.

According to accident investigators, Aaron Vincent was driving a GMC Safari minivan that hit the back of the Jetta driven by Kathryn Truelove, 62.

Truelove’s Jetta had slowed and was stopped or almost stopped when the Safari hit it, police said.

Truelove was taken to a hospital with what police said were not believed to be serious injuries.

Vincent was cited for failure to reduce speed to avoid a collision, police said.

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