NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — A school crossing guard is hospitalized following a car accident in Queens.

It happened around 10:45 a.m. Thursday at the intersection of 34th Avenue and 82nd Street in Jackson Heights, 1010 WINS reported.

Mary Cox, the 76-year-old guard assigned to nearby P.S. 212, was leaning against a parked vehicle when it was sideswiped by a minivan, 1010 WINS’ Al Jones reported.

The guard, who was on duty at the time, struck her head on the ground after being jolted by the impact, Police Commissioner Bill Bratton said.

Police on the scene of an accident that left a 76-year-old crossing guard fighting for her life on March 19, 2015. (credit: CBS2)

Police on the scene of an accident that left a 76-year-old crossing guard fighting for her life on March 19, 2015. (credit: CBS2)

She was taken to Elmhurst Hospital, where she was initially deemed to be in extremely critical condition. She has since been upgraded to stable condition and remains hospitalized, Bratton said.

The guard has seven years on the job.

As CBS2’s Alice Gainer reported, parents, students, and teachers couldn’t believe it.

“We all know her, we all grew up in the neighborhood, I grew up with her son,” resident Stan Houston said. “It’s a neighborhood, we all know each other.”

Cox is a fixture in the community. She’s been on the job for 7 years.

“Very nice woman. Couldn’t be nicer,” neighbor John Dwyer said.

Many parents added that since she is always there for their kids, they will be there for her.

The driver of the Honda remained at the scene, 1010 WINS reported.