Two boys, ages 11 and 14, were hurt Saturday evening when they were struck by a car as they crossed 13th Street, police said.
Both boys suffered critical injuries and were hospitalized.
The collision occurred shortly after 6 p.m. at 13th and Erie, Sgt. Chad Cooper said. The driver was heading west on 13th at the time. After the collision, the driver “looped around and came back” to the scene and has been cooperative with police, Cooper said.
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An eyewitness, Jessie Clark Jr., said he was walking down the sidewalk when he saw the collision happen. He reported that the two boys were going after pit bull puppies that had run across the street.
The boys waited at the pedestrian crosswalk to go after the dogs, Clark said.
“When the light flipped, they were following the dogs across the street,” he said. “They got hit — flying up in the air.”
The car that hit them slowed, then turned south on Volutsia and sped down the street, he said.
An uncle of one of the boys who came to the collision scene said he had been told that the boy has a broken shoulder and broken leg and will be OK.
Cooper said investigators are not sure why the boys were crossing the street.
At 8 p.m., 13th Street remained closed from Volutsia to Chautauqua, and a critical accident review team was continuing to work the scene. Two sets of tennis shoes were in the street, about half a block from the crosswalk.
Motorists were being advised to avoid the area.