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Safety emphasis after young boy struck by SUV

BINGHAMTON (WBNG) — After an 11-year-old boy was struck by a vehicle on his morning walk to school, the Binghamton City School District is offering support to his fellow schoolmates.

Jariah Durgala was struck by an SUV at the intersection of Brandywine Highway and Frederick St. in Binghamton on Tuesday morning. Troopers said the SUV had a green light when Durgala was in the crosswalk.

Durgala is at Upstate Medical University in Syracuse with serious internal injuries, according to authorities.

“It’s hard to hypothesize what the outcome may be. We’re hoping that this child will be able to get back and heal from his injuries,” Aga Dembinska, Troop C public information officer for New York State Police, said.

Durgala is a student at East Middle School. The superintendent was not available to speak on camera, however the Binghamton City School District sent 12 News a statement that reads:

“Our thoughts are with Jariah and his family during this difficult time. It’s important to be aware of the impact an event such as this has on our students and faculty. We have one social worker and two guidance counselors at East Middle School who are available to provide emotional support for students and staff. East Middle School also holds a daily student conferencing period, which provides all students with an opportunity to connect with a faculty member in a small group setting.”

Following this incident, authorities urge everyone to be more careful.

“I think a lot of parents should talk to their kids about looking both ways before they cross the street. Make sure you’re following any signals and just because you see a vehicle coming, don’t assume that they’re going to stop,” Dembinska said.

For early mornings before the sun rises, Dembinska said walkers should wear visible clothing.

“You should be sure to wear at least brighter clothes. Make sure that you’re visible and that you’re not distracted,” Dembinska said.

She also said drivers and walkers should stay off of their phones.


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