MARTINEZ -- A 9-year-old girl escaped serious injury Wednesday after she became disoriented on her way home from school and ran across Highway 4.

The girl was not struck even though she ran across all east and westbound lanes of the freeway near Alhambra Way.

She was spotted by Martinez Police Chief Gary Peterson, who drove her home.

"Fortunately she was OK," Peterson said.

At 2 p.m. a police department employee saw the girl running across the freeway and alerted officers. Peterson was driving in the area at the time and correctly guessed the girl, a student at John Muir Elementary School, would climb over an embankment to get to Alhambra Way He picked her up there as she walked down the other side of the embankment.

The girl said she was supposed to get picked up at the school by a relative but that school had let out early, so she decided to walk home. When she reached the freeway, she became unsure of her location and decided to take the direct route across, Peterson said.

That portion of Highway 4 is at least six lanes wide and has a broad median strip. Peterson personally drove the child home to her mother.

Roman Gokhman covers public safety. Contact him at 925-945-4780. Follow him at Twitter.com/RomiTheWriter.



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