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5-Year-Old Pedestrian Hit in Houston

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Jonathan Hernandez2 years ago

A Houston boy was injured after he was hit by a car as he attempted to cross the street on Thursday afternoon.

Details about the Pedestrian Accident Involving the Child

The boy, who has been identified as being 5-years-old, was hit by a car while trying to cross the street on the north side of Houston. The accident happened on the 6700 block of Jensen Drive near Bennington Street.

ABC 13 News says that, according to witnesses, there were at least five kids that were playing and crossing the street through a gap in the guardrail. Four of the kids made it across the street safely, but one of the kids did not.

One of the kids that was there at the time of the accidents said that the driver in the car didn’t stop, kept going, and hit the boy and sent him flying an unknown distance. The children were on their way to Paige Elementary School and several of them witnessed the accident.

Other witnesses there at the time of the accident said the street was full of cars at the time, and that it is not unusual to see children walking along the train tracks or attempting to cross the busy street throughout the day. When ambulances arrived at the scene of the accident, the boy was awake and alert. The boy was taken to an area hospital as a precaution.

The Houston Police Department says that it does appear that the driver tried to slow down and swerve to avoid hitting the child. The only charge the driver is facing is driving without a license.

Important Information about Pedestrian Accidents

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention:

  • In 2012, a total of 4,743 pedestrians were killed by motor-vehicles in the United States and another 76,000 were injured.
  • In 2012, more than one in every five children between the ages of 5 and 15 that were killed in traffic collisions were pedestrians.
  • Higher speeds increased the likelihood of a pedestrian injury, and most pedestrian fatalities happened in urban areas, and not non-intersection locations – like the pedestrian accident involving the young boy in Houston. 


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