A 7-year-old boy is fighting for his life at VCU Medical Center after he was struck by a car in the city’s east end on Wednesday morning.
RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) -
A 7-year-old boy is at VCU Medical Center with life threatening injuries after he was struck by a car in the city’s east end on Wednesday morning.
Shortly after 9 a.m. on April 30, the child was hit by a vehicle on the 1500 block of Oakwood Avenue, near Oakwood Cemetery. According to the Richmond Police Department, the incident occurred near a school bus, but the boy was not actually struck by the bus.
Eugene Baugh says every morning he makes it a habit to check on the kids waiting on the school but right in his front yard. He says in his 20 plus years of living here something like this has never happened.
"It was really scary cause it was a little child," he says. "The young man was crossing the street, in the blind I believe, and he was hit by a vehicle."
Baugh says the SUV attempted to stop from hitting the boy, but he believes the rain soaked roads made stopping much harder.
"The individual applied his brakes. The vehicle did slide but that is because the streets were wet. I think if it was a dry situation the outcome would have been different."
Richmond Police say the boy entered the street when an older student waved him across.
Baugh says his concern is also for the other students who witnessed the accident.
"It happened in front of all of them and they go to school with this young man every day, with this child."
School counselors were on hand Wednesday for students and staff
The person driving the SUV will not be charged and police say he is cooperating.
ABC 8News reached out to the school system for comment but we are still waiting to back.
Officials say the child is a first grader who attends Chimborazo Elementary School.