GREENDALE -- A car crashed into a 62-year-old crossing guard as students went to school Wednesday morning.
A car heading east on Northway ran right into Karen Ziglinski as she stepped into the street around 8:30 a.m.
"We believe the sun had played a part in the accident," Greendale Police Detective Jeremy Vlaj said.
No children were in the road at the time. The 87-year-old driver stopped and called police. Paramedics took Ziglinski to Froedert hospital with "significant injuries."
"Because of the sunlight coming down east and the people don't know there's a pedestrian crossing, they just come down there 30, 35 miles an hour," Leanne Taylor said.
Taylor sometimes walks her daughter to school and calls Ziglinski a family friend. Taylor has always worried about the crossing guard's safety.
"There's been a couple instances where Karen's been hit almost three or four times," Taylor said.
This morning's accident reminded neighbors of a similar tragedy not far from here. Five-year-old Ava Zimmerman was hit and killed in April 2010 just down the road, but no charges were filed. Police say they've boosted patrols.
"We try to do the best we can and we've also implemented... Speed signs in the area to help slow traffic down," Detective Vlaj said.
Parents like Leanne aren't sure that's enough. She says the village took down stop signs at the intersection about 15 years ago. Without them there, Leanne just wants drivers to take it easy.
"Slow down, it's the village," Taylor said. "Just slow down."
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