Another student pedestrian struck near Jacksonville High School yesterday

Another student pedestrian incident occurred outside of Jacksonville High School yesterday. This raises the statistical tally to the third incident in only a few months. The first in this recent sequence occurred in December was a hit and run where the driver fled the scene, the second earlier this month in February involving a bus where no charges were filed, it is believed to have been ruled an accident and now this incident where the driver also fled the scene.

Jacksonville Police quickly charged the woman last night that is accused of striking a 16-year-old pedestrian in a marked crossing and then leaving the scene near Jacksonville High School.

“The pedestrian was transported to a local medical facility for treatment with non-life-threatening injuries,” said Lt. Lance Greenwood.

Jacksonville Police responded to a traffic crash that occurred at 7:38 yesterday evening on Henderson Drive. Jacksonville Police Officers quickly located the vehicle and apprehended the driver.

Jacksonville officials have previously sought assistance from the NC Department of Transportation for safety improvements in the area.

Valencia Iyona Venerable, 23, of Jacksonville was arrested and charged with Leaving the Scene of an Accident and Failure to Yield at a Pedestrian Crossing. Her bond was set at $5,000 unsecured bond.

“The Jacksonville Police Department is strictly enforcing pedestrian crossings and encourages motorists to pay attention to all intersections and crosswalks in which pedestrians may be crossing,” stated Deputy Chief Ronnie Dorn supervisor of the Patrol and Field Operations Division.

The investigation into the incident continues, and anyone with information is asked to contact Officer James Smallwood, JPD Traffic Division, at 910-938-6435 or jsmallwood@jacksonvillenc.gov.

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