FAIR LAWN, NJ - A Fair Lawn 3-year-old was struck by a car yesterday as she held her mother's hand as they crossed the street at Fair Lawn Avenue and Plaza Road, police said.

The child, who was sent sprawling 10 feet along the roadway, was taken by ambulance with the mother to Hackensack University Medical Center. She appears to be uninjured, police said.

The incident happened Feb. 10, at approximately 2:45 p.m. The little girl was walking hand-in-hand behind her 38-year-old mother, also of Fair Lawn, and while in the crosswalk, the 3-year-old was struck by a 2019 Chevy operated by a 79-year-old female from Ridgewood. The vehicle was making a left turn from Fair Lawn Avenue west onto Plaza Road south when it struck the child, sending the child approximately 10 feet along the roadway, police said.

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The operator received traffic summonses for making an improper turn, failure to stop for a pedestrian in the crosswalk and failure to exhibit a driver’s license. 

"Drivers need to be better aware of pedestrians that are crossing or are preparing to cross in a crosswalk," Police Sergeant Brian Metzler said. "In most cases, the pedestrian has the right of way."

Fair Lawn has recently undertaken a pedestrian safety campaign led by the police. They handed out 42 summonses for people failing to yield to pedestrians at Fair Lawn Avenue and George Street during one four-hour period at the end of January.