A student was rushed to the hospital Thursday morning (Oct. 31) after being hit by a car in Greenwood, according to Police Chief Will Dawson.
Dawson said the boy was hit by a female driver just after 7 a.m. on Highway 10 near East Hills Middle School. The driver, who was traveling east on the highway, told police she didn’t see the boy who was also walking east.
The seventh grader was alert when emergency crews arrived and was taken by ambulance to Mercy Medical Center in Fort Smith, according to Dawson. The boy’s father tells 5NEWS his son’s right arm and leg were broken in the accident and he is being taken to Children’s Hospital in Little Rock for further treatment.
Eyewitnesses told police the boy and a girl were walking side-by-side along the shoulder of Highway 10 and were not utilizing the provided sidewalk, according to Dawson.
Greenwood Schools Superintendent John Ciesla said there are 600 sixth and seventh graders who attend East Hills Middle School and many were “shook up” after seeing the accident scene.
Ciesla said the school runs three buses in the neighborhood near where the boy was hit.
Dawson said Greenwood police provide extra patrol around the local schools between 7 a.m. and 8 a.m. A school-employed crossing guard arrives at 7:30 a.m. each day to help students cross the highway.
The speed limit on Highway 10 is 45 miles per hour.
“It’s a state highway and, unfortunately, it’s not within the school zone so we can’t slow down the speed limit to anything less than what it is,” said Dawson. He said there are flashing yellow lights on Highway 10 alerting drivers that it is a pedestrian crossing area.
The driver was not arrested, according to Dawson. No citations have been issues.
The roadway was wet at the time of the accident, but no skid marks were left on the road, according to Dawson.