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New Brunswick Fire Director Ticketed for Accident

New Brunswick’s Fire Director Robert Rawls has been ticketed in connection with Tuesday’s accident in which he struck three children who were walking home from school.

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Rawls has been charged with careless driving and failure to stop for a pedestrian in a sidewalk, according to Jennifer Bradshaw, New Brunswick’s public information officer.

The tickets are motor vehicle violations and Rawls has not been charged with a crime.

Authorities say Rawls was on duty and in a city-owned SUV when he struck two 14-year-old girls and a 6-year-old boy on Livingston Avenue on Tuesday. The children sustained broken bones as they walked through a crosswalk that had not crossing guard due to a staffing shortage according to New Brunswick Today.

The Home News Tribune reports residents who protested outside Wednesday’s City Council meeting, mostly from the city’s Latino community, complained about the need for more crossing guards on Livingston Avenue.

Police Capt. J.T. Miller said the city has been trying to hire them. But Miller says the police can’t always staff crossings when guards call out sick.

The Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office is investigating the accident.

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The Associated Press contributes to this report

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