A Kennewick elementary student was flown to a Seattle-area hospital Monday after being hit by a car on his way to school.
The 10-year-old boy was conscious and alert when officers arrived on the scene of the 8:30 a.m. collision at West Fourth Avenue and South Edison Street, Kennewick police said.
He was initially was taken to Trios Southridge Hospital in Kennewick. He later was flown to a hospital on the West Side, said Kennewick police Sgt. Ken Lattin.
More information on his condition wasn’t available.
The student at Edison Elementary was walking on Fourth Avenue and reportedly darted into traffic, police said.
He was struck by a car headed south on Edison with a green light. It doesn’t appear the driver was distracted or impaired, police said.
Lattin said the collision still is under investigation.
“We would like to remind you that if you have children that walk to our local schools that you talk to them constantly about the dangers that they can face while walking to school and how to stay safe while doing so,” Kennewick police wrote on Facebook.
In a letter to parents, Edison’s principal said other students saw the collision.
“We are in contact with their parents and providing counseling support to those students,” Principal Mia Shindehite said.
She also encouraged parents to discuss crosswalk and pedestrian safety with their children, especially those who walk to school.
Kennewick police are asking anyone who saw the collision but didn’t stay on scene to call them through dispatch at 509-628-0333 to give a statement. The case number is 18-40716.