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‘Very scary:’ Students struck by vehicle driven by staff member near Oak Creek HS

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Hunter Kennow

OAK CREEK -- Two Oak Creek High School students were taken to the hospital Wednesday morning, Sept. 26 after they were struck by a vehicle in front of Oak Creek High School. The crash happened just before school started, around 7:10 a.m.

Officials with the Oak Creek-Franklin School District said the striking driver is an Oak Creek High School staff member.

"I don't think I'll ever get this out of my head. It's just upsetting. I was actually driving to school this morning and I noticed there were two people hit that were laying in the road," said Hunter Kennow.

Puetz and Mayhew Drive

The two victims were walking near Puetz and Mayhew Drive, just feet from the school. Kennow rushed to help.

"One of them was asking for me to call their mom. The other was completely unconscious. It was very scary," said Kennow.

Kennow said it was two senior girls who were injured.

"I was in shock when I seen they were two close friends of mine," said Kennow.

The driver remained on scene and called for help.

"We didn't think it would happen to anyone, or at anytime, because it is a school zone," said Drin Ismaili, student.

It's unclear how fast the driver was going at the time of the crash. Students said the stretch of road is often hectic.

"Kids just kind of cross when they please. Cars don't really stop anymore," said Kennow.

As shock settled in, students said their hope is that the two people hurt will make a quick recovery.

"Stay strong and we will pray for you. That's all we can do right now is give them the support," said Kennow.

School officials said counselors would be available to assist students affected by this incident.

The investigation is ongoing.

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