The Peshtigo Police Department urges drivers to slow down and use caution after an SUV hit an 82-year-old crossing guard on Friday morning.

The crash happened just blocks away from the Peshtigo School District.

“I was just coming in with another officer, and we got a call that a crossing guard was struck while crossing kids at what is called Business 41 or French Street,” said Peshtigo Police Chief Rick Badgley.

Family of Gail Bantes say she pushed two girls to safety before being hit by the SUV.

A bus driver of 43 years, Bantes is described as a woman dedicated to watching out for children and helping to keep them safe.

“I give her a lot of credit, a lot of strength,” said Chief Badgley. “She’s very devoted to what she does. She always has been, and she always will be.”

Badgley says the driver who struck Bantes did get cited, telling officers glare from the sun prevented her from seeing people in the crosswalk.

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