A Southeast High School student was struck by a vehicle while crossing the street Thursday and was in critical condition at a local hospital, authorities said.
The 15-year-old freshman was hit while crossing the street shortly after 11:30 a.m. in the 900 block of South Edgemoor, police Sgt. Bruce Watts said. He was transported to Wesley Medical Center in critical condition.
The boy “jetted out” of Southeast High when the bell rang signaling the lunch period and darted into the street about 30 feet south of the crosswalk that students are supposed to use, Watts said.
The force of impact knocked a shoe off the boy, and it was still in the street behind the tan Chevy SUV. The boy’s backpack lay in the street in front of the SUV, which had a large dent in its hood where it hit the boy.
The SUV was driven by a man in his 30s. There were children in the SUV as well, Watts said, but he didn’t know if they were students. Investigators aren’t sure yet how fast the SUV was traveling at the time of the accident.
Robin McAdoo was driving to the side of the SUV that hit the student.
“He was hit hard. Very hard,” McAdoo said.
She held the student’s hand. Blood was coming out of his mouth and he was “not terribly responsive,” she said.
Yellow “caution” tape cordoned off Edgemoor next to Southeast, and police cars blocked traffic on Edgemoor at Lincoln to the north and at Zimmerly to the south.
The street was closed for several hours while police investigated the collision.
Investigators weren’t able to immediately talk to many students who may have seen the accident, Watts said.
“They … didn’t stick around,” he said.
While reports of students being “bumped” by vehicles in the parking lot or on the street are not unusual at Southeast, Watts said, Thursday’s incident is the worst in recent memory.
Counselors were made available for any Southeast students or staff who needed them, USD 259 spokeswoman Susan Arensman said.