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

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A Crookston woman held her infant son in her arms and pushed her 6-year-old daughter out of the way as she was struck by a vehicle in a parking lot of a Crookston school Wednesday.

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Nykisha Mariscal, 35, rolled across the top of the hood of the vehicle and fell to the ground, all while holding her 1-year-old son. The incident occurred at about 12:30 p.m. at Washington Elementary School, according to the Crookston Police Department.

When officers arrived, they found Mariscal 35, lying on the ground, surrounded by several people. She was conscious and complaining about an injury to her right side.

Upon investigation, police learned that besides holding on to her son, she had been holding the hand of her 6-year-old daughter, but managed to push her out of the way as she was being struck by a vehicle operated by Tina Olson, also of Crookston. Olson was charged with failure to yield and inattentive driving.

By the time police arrived, the children had been taken inside the school, where they were being cared for by school staff. According to police, the accident occurred as Olson was traveling through a U-turn on the west end of the parking lot.

Mariscal was transported to RiverView Health in Crookston by Polk County Ambulance. The two children were taken to the hospital by school personnel for observation but had no apparent injuries. Official condition reports were not immediately available.

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