Student Was In Crosswalk When He Was Struck
According to CBS DFW, the crash occurred around 7:30 am as the 15-year-old boy walked in a crosswalk near the intersection of Park Springs Boulevard and West Pleasant Ridge Road.
The boy was taken to Medical City Arlington via ambulance before being flown to Parkland Hospital in Dallas. The boy’s injuries are considered life-threatening and latest reports have him listed in critical condition.
Images from the scene illustrated the sheer force with which the teen was struck, showing an SUV with significant body damage and a shattered windshield.
The drive of the SUV stayed at the scene and was arrested for outstanding warrants. Administrators with the Arlington Independent School District say the boy attended James Martin High School.
Texas Traffic Accident Statistics
- The Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) recorded 3,531 traffic-related deaths in 2015. This averages to about one death every 2 hours and 29 minutes.
- Pedestrian fatalities totaled 550 in 2015, marking a 12.7% increase from 2014.
- An additional 246,335 people were injured in auto accidents in Texas in 2015 with 17,011 people suffering a serious injury.
- TxDOT estimates a reportable crash occurred every 61 seconds in 2015.