DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM) – A child is in critical condition after being hit by a vehicle along Skillman Street in Dallas.
The incident happened just before 7:00 a.m., not far from the intersection at Audelia Road.
Investigators said the accident was not a hit and run, because the driver did stop and remained at the scene.
The student goes to Thurgood Marshall Elementary in Richardson ISD.
At a morning news conference Dallas Police Department Sgt. Warren Mitchell explained, “Just before 7:00 a.m. this morning there were a group of kids who were crossing the thoroughfare here at Skillman and once they reached the center median there was a 7-year-old, who was with his 11-year-old sister, he darted out into the roadway at which time he was struck by the driver of a Mercedes Benz.”
The 7-year-old boy was initially taken by CareFlite air ambulance to Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital but was later transferred to Children’s Medical Center, where he remains in very critical condition.
Police have said speed was not a factor in the accident. “The kids should have been crossing at the crosswalk. It appears that they were going to the bus stop on their way to school when this accident happened,” Mitchell said.
There are several schools in the area, but police have not said what campus the child attends.
Investigators call the event a “tragic accident” and say there will be no charges filed against the 28-year-old driver, a schoolteacher, who they say was not in a school zone and was in fact traveling below the posted speed limit.