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Elderly crossing guard struck by car

(WMC-TV) - An elderly crossing guard was hit by a car Wednesday afternoon near Tara Oaks Elementary in Collierville.

William Shin, 86, was transported by helicopter to The MED with a broken wrist and a broken ankle. He was said to be conscious and talking.

Shin, a Germantown resident, has been a crossing guard for Collierville since late 2005.  His family said Shin, known as "Mr. Bill" to the children at the school, is not a typical 86-year-old.

"What I'm thinking is my father is going to be real upset that it's his right foot and he's not going to be able to drive the car," said his daughter Mary Jeffrey.

Collierville spokesperson Mark Heuberger said the incident happened around 4:00 p.m.  How it happened was unclear to Jeffrey.

"I think it was a total accident," said Jeffrey.  "The guy stayed, dialed 911.  It's what we've been told."

Those who know Shin said they hate to hear he has been forced to take a break.

"A guy that nice, still out there helping people and live his life," said neighbor Alex Terrell.

Relatives said once he heals, Shin will be back out helping the children.

"He's got a really strong work ethic and I have no doubt that he will be all right," said relative Dylon Reed.

"My father is tough, he'll be fine," said Jeffrey.

Police are investigating the incident but no charges have been filed.

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