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Crossing guard struck outside Carrollton school

A 74-year-old crossing guard was awaiting surgery Friday afternoon after he was struck around 8 a.m. outside an elementary school in Carrollton, police said.

The man, a Dallas resident, was taken to Parkland Memorial Hospital in Dallas where he was expected to have an operation to repair a fractured leg.

His family asked police not to release his name until later his surgery, said Officer Dustin Bartram, police spokesman.

The accident happened outside L.F. Blanton Elementary School in the 2500 block of Scott Mill Road, police said.

A Ford Focus driven by a 55-year-old Plano woman struck the guard while he was trying to clear the crosswalk for a student who was waiting at the curb, Bartram said.

Bartram did not have the woman's name because accident investigators had not yet released the report.

Meanwhile, Bartram said, the investigators were still trying to figure out why the man was hit by the car.

Witnesses said the driver was not speeding or talking on a cell phone, Bartram said.

The man's head struck the windshield of the car, but he was not severely hurt by that and he never lost consciousness, Bartram said.

No criminal charges were expected to be filed against the woman, although a traffic citation was not an impossibility, Bartram said.

"She was distraught, really, by what happened," Bartram said. "She understands the severity of all of this."

The child at the crosswalk was not hurt because the crossing guard followed standard safety rules, Bartram said.

"It's important," he said. "He told the child to stay at the curb, and low and behold, look what happened.

"He basically did his job."