Man accused of hitting kids in crosswalk sentenced in Colorado Springs

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COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (KKTV) - UPDATE 10/23/17:
A man accused of hitting four elementary school students in a crosswalk has been sentenced for several traffic violations after he was found not guilty of child abuse.

Douglas Clubb, 61, was sentenced on Monday to two years of unsupervised probation and 100 hours of community service after being accused of hitting the children on January 12 near Monroe Elementary School in east Colorado Springs. Clubb was found guilty of careless driving resulting in bodily injury and failure to hold right of way for a pedestrian. Clubb was given the same sentence for each charge, and the sentences will be served concurrently.

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ORIGINAL STORY10/18/17:

A man accused of hitting four elementary school students in a crosswalk has been found not guilty of child abuse following a week-long trial.

Douglas Clubb, 61, was accused of hitting the children on January 12 near Monroe Elementary School in east Colorado Springs.

A second-grader was left in critical condition, while the other three were treated for less-serious injuries at the hospital. All were doing OK within the following months.

"I was the first one at the light at Pikes Peak and Chelton, and the crossing guard had told the children to wait to cross, and as all traffic stopped, she looked every way, nobody was coming, she told the kids they could proceed," witness Amanda Shafer told 11 News right after the collision. "As she told them they could proceed, a guy ... turned right onto Chelton, ran over all the children."

During the opening statements last Wednesday, prosecutors said Clubb ignored the crossing guard walking across the intersection, and despite horns honking from other drivers, he hit the kids. They called several witnesses Wednesday who said Clubb had no emotion following the crash.

One witness who spoke to the driver shortly after the crash testified that Clubb told him, "Did anyone call an ambulance, because I have places to be."

The defense said it was all a miscommunication. According to Clubb's attorney, he thought when the crossing guard motioned for the kids to walk across the street, that the guard was motioning for him to make his right turn. They also argued that the sun was still rising, which could have made it tough to see.

Witnesses said the guard was holding her stop sign.

A second-grader was left in critical condition, while the other three were treated for less-serious injuries at the hospital. All were doing OK within the following months.

The jurors reached a verdict Wednesday morning. They found Clubb not guilty of child abuse on all counts, but guilty of traffic offenses including careless driving resulting in bodily injury and failure to hold right of way for a pedestrian.

Following the verdict, the defense attorneys stated that it, "was the appropriate verdict."

The prosecution stated, "We have to respect what they decided. Just want to remind everyone to pay attention in school zones."

After the incident, District 11 tweeted a photo of the crime scene tape in front of a school zone sign and stated, "Please SLOW DOWN in school zones. This is something that should NEVER happen."

All the injured students were relatives and attended Monroe Elementary School.

Clubb will be sentenced October 23. He could see 90 days in jail for careless driving or up to a $300 fine.