LINTON, Ind. (WTWO/WAWV) — A 9-year-old boy is recovering following what police called a serious vehicle crash where a driver struck the boy with a vehicle as the child had been making their way through a crosswalk.

According to the Linton Police Department, the incident occurred Wednesday at 7:15 a.m. at the intersection of S.R. 54 and Main Street in Linton.

A Linton man had reportedly been headed south along Main Street and attempted to turn left onto S.R. 54 when his vehicle hit the child. The driver told police that he had not seen the child in the crosswalk, or noted that the pedestrian had been on the corner beforehand waiting for the light to change.

Police said the boy had been on his way to his bus stop ahead of school that morning. First responders immediately took him to the Greene County General Hospital, and he was flown by helicopter shortly after to Riley Children’s Hospital in Indianapolis.

The boy is a student in the Dugger-Union school district, when reached for comment, Junior/Senior High School Principal Darin Simpson said the students are making “get well” videos for the boy, and the school is collecting gift cards for the family to use as they travel to and from the hospital.

Police noted that all traffic control devices in the intersection were working properly at the time of the incident. Police also said the boy is since making a recovery from the injuries sustained.

The Linton Police Department would like to urge drivers to spend an extra moment
focusing on safe driving, especially as it relates to observing for and yielding to
pedestrian traffic in designated rights-of-ways.

Linton Police news release

The crash remains under investigation.