Two Ponca City girls hit by car while crossing street to school

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PONCA CITY, Okla. – Two female students are recovering from broken bones and bruises after they were hit by a car crossing the street.

The girls were crossing from the south side of Grand Avenue to the north, with a crossing guard holding the crosswalk.

Chase Clinkingbeard, a 26-year-old driver with a suspended Kansas driver’s license, was taken to jail. IMG_1786

The superintendent of Ponca city school said it's a good lesson for motorists to slow down and pay attention.

"That's probably the worst nightmare you could have," said David Pennington, Ponca City superintendent of schools.

A nightmare turned reality when two young Ponca city students were hit by a car while crossing a school cross walk.

"One young lady had a broken wrist, both girls are really bruised up," Pennington said.

Police said Clinkingbeard failed to stop, even though there was a crossing guard right in the middle of the road.

"He had come from this direction, gone into the parking lot, dropped his students off and then was exiting and going back home, when this happened," Pennington said.

And, we all have the same question, "how?"

"It's just hard to explain how that happened, why that happened," Pennington said.

Was it distracted driving? Investigators are not sure yet, but we wanted to see exactly how difficult it would be to spot someone dressed in neon in the middle of the road.

All cars honked, except one, who we saw swerve when they approached the crosswalk. IMG_1784

"School zones exists for a reason. There's a reason why we ask drivers to slow down," Pennington said. "We all want our kids to be able to ... get to school safely and get home safely."

The victims, ages 8 and 13, were transported by Ponca City Ambulance to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

The investigation is ongoing.

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