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A female McLean High School student was injured Oct. 12 after being struck by a vehicle on Westmoreland Street in McLean, Fairfax County police said.

The incident occurred around 5 p.m. as the student was using a crosswalk to cross Westmoreland Street near Old Chesterbrook Road.

Police did not disclose the student’s age, except to say she was under 18, and said her injuries were not life-threatening.

Authorities have charged the motorist, Barbara Anderson, 83, of McLean, with failure to yield to a pedestrian in a crosswalk.

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I wondered when this was going to happen. My wife and I regularly cross Westmoreland at the zebra crossings before and after McLean High School, and we have often noted that many cars do not slow down, let alone stop, when we are already in the crossing. It's not as if we do not wait for a gap in the traffic before we set foot on the road. Many motorists seem to think that there is no need to slow down or stop unless a pedestrian is in the crossing on their side of the street. We have also noticed that many drivers are not paying attention; some are looking away or down or just seem to be lost in thought. We've learned that simply being in the crossing, even when you are more than halfway over the road, does not mean that you can drop your guard; you must always assume drivers won't stop, and be ready to stand back to let them through.

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