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Forum News Service, Published January 17 2013

Crookston mom protects children as she is hit by a vehicle at school

CROOKSTON, Minn. – A Crookston woman held her infant son in her arms and pushed her young daughter out of the way as she was struck by a car in a school parking lot Wednesday, Crookston police said.

Nykisha Mariscal, 35, rolled across the top of the hood of the vehicle and fell to the ground, all the while holding her 1-year-old son, according to a news release.

The accident occurred about 12:30 p.m. at Washington Elementary School.

When officers arrived, they found Mariscal lying on the ground, surrounded by several people. She was conscious and complaining about an injury to her right side.

Officers learned that, besides holding onto her son, she had been holding the hand of her 6-year-old daughter but managed to push her out of the way. The children were taken into the school and cared for by school staff.

Tina Olson, of Crookston, the driver of the car, was charged with failure to yield right of way to school children and inattentive driving. According to police, the accident occurred as Olson was traveling through a U-turn on the west end of the parking lot.

Mariscal was taken to RiverView Health in Crookston by Polk County Ambulance. She was treated and released, according to a hospital spokeswoman. The two children, who were taken to the hospital by school staff, had no apparent injuries.