Police: Crossing guard seriously injured after being struck by driver in Danvers

A crossing guard was seriously injured after being hit by a driver in Danvers Wednesday morning, State Police spokesperson Dave Procopio said.

DANVERS, Mass. — A crossing guard was seriously injured after being hit by a driver in Danvers Wednesday morning, State Police spokesperson Dave Procopio said.

The incident happened near a crosswalk on Poplar Street near North Belgian Road, a few blocks from Holten Richmond Middle School, at around 7:00 a.m.

The crossing guard, identified as Susan Turner, has injuries that are reportedly serious, Procopio said.

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Eugene Maynard told Boston 25 News his grandson struggled all day with what he saw. “It’s just hard for him to sit and concentrate on anything,” Maynard said.

An aerial view of the scene above Poplar Street and N. Belgian Road in Danvers after a crossing guard was hit Wednesday morning.
An aerial view of the scene above Poplar Street and N. Belgian Road in Danvers after a crossing guard was hit Wednesday morning. (Sky25)

A preliminary investigation shows the car had been traveling westbound on Poplar Street when the crash happened. The driver remained on scene, police said.

Robert Wilichowski says he saw the vehicle just before the crash. “That car flew by, I couldn’t believe it was going way too fast.”

The vehicle is registered to a Beverly woman named Penny King. Her sister answered the door Wednesday when Boston 25 News knocked, but she wouldn’t comment and a police officer asked us to leave. We’re told they were questioning King.

State Police crash reconstruction and crime scene investigators are assisting Danvers police, Procopio said.

On Friday, Danvers Police told Boston 25 News that King has been cited with negligent operation of a motor vehicle.