Haysville kindergartner hit by truck outside school

A 6-year-old boy on his way to kindergarten with his mother was struck in a school crosswalk by a driver who didn’t see a red light until it was too late Thursday morning, Haysville authorities said.

The boy was struck at about 8 a.m. and taken to a Wichita hospital in with serious injuries. He is expected to survive, Haysville police Capt. Bruce Powers said.

“He’s very fortunate,” Powers said of the boy, who attends Nelson Elementary in Haysville. “The truck dragged him 30 feet.”

The child was walking to school with his mother and waited for the school crosswalk light on Grand to turn green, Powers said. When it did, they began crossing the street – the boy slightly ahead of his mother.

A man in his 80s was driving east on Grand and did not see the red light at the crosswalk until he could not stop, Powers said.

“I would say the sun coming up was an issue,” Powers said. “It was very bright. He just saw the red light too late and struck the child.

“The child did everything he was supposed to.”

The boy was pinned briefly, but Powers said he was not under the truck when emergency responders arrived. He was taken to Via Christi Hospital St. Francis in potentially critical condition.

While the boy’s injuries are “very serious,” Powers said, “I’m sure he’ll be fine.”

“He’s just very fortunate that he got snagged by the front bumper ... and didn’t go underneath and clear to the back like his backpack did,” Powers said.

The driver of the truck was issued a citation, Powers said, though he did not know the violation cited. It was likely for running a red light, he said.

Liz Hames, a spokeswoman for Haysville schools said extra counselors will be available the rest of the school week at Nelson Elementary to talk with students who may be experiencing strong emotions about the accident.

“As always, the safety of students is our foremost concern,” Hames said in an e-mail response to questions. “This time of year, the sun can impair the vision of drivers and walkers in early morning and late afternoon. Please remind your child to exercise caution when walking to and from school.”

Contributing: Suzanne Tobias of the Eagle