Six-year-old hit by car in Avon |

Six-year-old hit by car in Avon

Cliff Thompson

AVON – A six year-old walking with her aunt at dusk was struck and injured by a vehicle near the Avon Elementary School Thursday evening.Abby Campos was struck while crossing West Beaver Creek Boulevard from the west, just 30 feet north of a crosswalk near her home. The vehicle was driven by Christopher Johnson, 53 of Manitou Springs, Colo., police said. Under Colorado law, drivers must yield to pedestrians at crosswalks.Campos suffered a broken leg, broken collarbone, a concussion and other injuries and was taken by ambulance to the Vail Valley Medical Center and later transferred to a Denver hospital, police said. The driver was uninjured.”A southbound vehicle stopped to allow her to cross,” said Jeff Layman, Avon police chief. “The driver of the northbound vehicle did not see her.”Johnson told police he had slowed to an estimated 20 miles per hour – the posted speed limit in the area – when Campos was struck. Because there were no skid marks, Layman said, it is difficult to gauge the speed of Johnson’s vehicle. Officers are interviewing witnesses to help determine precisely what happened, Layman said. At press time, no charges had been filed, pending the conclusion of an investigation.Traffic at the time of the accident was moderate, Layman said, but because it was a warm evening, there were a number of people on the sidewalk entering and exiting nearby Nottingham Park.Johnson was tested on the scene with a portable breath machine, Layman said, and while there was evidence of alcohol, it was low enough that officers concluded it hadn’t contributed to causing the accident.Campos was conscious and conversant after the accident, Layman said. Staff Writer Cliff Thompson can be reached at 949-0555, ext. 450, or, Colorado

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