Rogers Community Services Officer Banged Outside Evening Star Elementary School

ROGERS, Ark. (KNWA/KFTA) – A Community Services Officer (CSO) was struck while in a crosswalk by a vehicle at Evening Star Elementary on the morning of September 23.

According to Keith Foster, public information officer for the Rogers Police Department, the CSO was directing traffic during the elementary school return to Pleasant Grove Road.

Rogers Police say CSO was taken to hospital and is now recovering.

A parent, Melissa Fandrich, saw the incident happen and said it was very scary for her and her children.

“It’s obviously not meant for that much traffic and there’s a big school and neighborhood and probably more to come, so really nervous about stepping on ourselves, our kids and our families” , said Fandrich.

Jennifer Gerhardt’s child also uses the crosswalk to get to school. Gerhardt said she and other parents are concerned about street traffic.

“What concerns me is that my child can safely cross the street without me worrying about being hit by a car while trying to get to school,” Gerhardt said.

Gerhardt said she and other nearby residents attended Rogers Planning Commission meetings to discuss their concerns about the crosswalk. The City of Rogers told KNWA that city officials are reviewing concerns to make sure everyone stays safe.

“I personally would like to see a big progressive speed bump and a camera that could monitor speeding and have it on all the time,” Gerhardt said.

Bentonville Schools’ Leslee Wright released a statement regarding crosswalk safety.

We are working with the Rogers and Bentonville Police Departments to make the route to school as safe as possible. We are grateful to our Community Officers and Crosswalk Wardens who patrol this particular crosswalk and many others. We can’t stress enough that all drivers should put their phones away, slow down and be careful when in a school zone.

Bentonville Schools

Jill E. Washington