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Harvard man charged with reckless driving in connection with crash into school

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HARVARD – A 38-year-old Harvard man was charged with reckless driving in connection with a crash into a pre-kindergarten school in Harvard.

Harvard police responded about
8:30 p.m. Friday to the 300 block of South Hutchinson Street for a vehicle that had struck a building, according to a news release from the Harvard Police Department.

David P. Smith, 38, of the 200 block of Washington Street, Harvard, allegedly struck Washington School, 401 N. Division St., Harvard, causing minor damage to the building, Deputy Police Chief Tyson Bauman said.

The school houses Harvard’s “at-risk pre-kindergarten, early childhood education and parental training programs,” according to its website.

Smith suffered minor injuries in the incident and was taken to Mercyhealth Hospital and Medical Center – Harvard. He was charged with reckless driving, driving too fast for conditions, disobeying a stop sign and failing to wear a seat belt, police said.

Bauman said the school fixed the damage “right away.”

Smith was released from custody and is due in court Jan. 31.

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