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Child struck by car near Pleasant Plains Elementary in Balto. Co.

A 7-year-old girl sustained "slight injuries" after being struck by a car near Pleasant Plains Elementary School on Wednesday morning, according to Baltimore County Police.

No charges will be filed against the driver, who was not at fault and remained at the scene, police said.

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The girl's 5-year-old brother, whose hand she was holding at the time, also sustained minor injuries after she pulled him to the street with her as she fell, police said.

The incident occurred about 8:45 a.m. on Pleasant Plains Road, when the girl ran out in front of a Nissan sedan "traveling slowly" along the roadway north of Hardwick Road, police said.

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The children were not in a crosswalk, police said. Both were taken to St. Joseph Medical Center for evaluation.

Baltimore County Police Chief James Johnson, in a statement, called the incident "an example why parents need to have a serious discussion with their children about pedestrian safety."

He said it "could have been a tragedy" had the driver not been driving slowly.

"When walking to school, children should cross streets at an area controlled by a crossing guard when one is available," Johnson said. "If there is no crossing guard in the area, children should use crosswalks, obey any pedestrian signals, and only cross when they have looked in both directions to make sure it is safe to cross."

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