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Published on September 6th 2022
Crossing guard hit by a speeding car while saving a child's life.

Gov. Larry Hogan presents citation to Cpl. Annette Goodyear
Gov. Larry Hogan presents citation to Cpl. Annette Goodyear photo: krdo.com

It was a typical day. Annette Goodyear of Cecil County Maryland, a 14-year police officer and a crossing guard, was helping middle school students to safely cross the street.

Then suddenly, everything changed.

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Wearing her reflective bright orange rain coat, Annette motioned traffic to stop as 11-year-old student Violet Watt, entered the crosswalk.

But as Violet reached the middle of the crosswalk a black sedan ignored Annette and raced through the crosswalk.

Annette instantly thrust Violet out of the way, as the car barely missed her, but hit Annette.

Annette Goodyear
The scene of the accident. photo: nypost.com

Good Samaritans rushed out to help, and an ambulance was called. The driver who caused the incident stopped her car at the scene.

"Everything just happened so quickly," Annette told The Washington Post.

"It just didn't seem real." Still, "I could feel the pain in my knees and my arms hitting the hood of the car."

"It took me a few seconds to realize that this did just happen. I just remember laying on the ground and looking up, and the first thing I thought was 'where is the student?'"

Annette's injuries were minor, and she was released from the hospital later that day.

Violet Watt thanks Cpl. Annette Goodyear
Violet Watt thanks Cpl. Annette Goodyear. photo: stardem.com

"This is a kid, and I'm an adult. No matter what happens, you got to protect that child and make sure that child is safe."

The community celebrated Annette, but in the end, she was ready to return to work the next day, looking forward as always, to protecting the children.

Editor's Note: : To see this incident in a 26-second video, click here. To see a brief interview with Annette youtube.com/watch?v=n_hC1Pm15do, To learn more washingtonpost.com/lifestyle/2022/02/07/crossing-guard-saved-student-maryland/

The driver was cited for reckless driving and other traffic violations.

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