Child Seriously Injured in Pedestrian Crash While Trick-or-Treating
GREENWOOD, S.C.- Counton2.com writes that a child sustained severe injuries when he was struck by a car while trick-or-treating late last week. The 5-year-old boy was on East Cambridge Avenue in Greenwood at the time of the accident.*
Emergency responders transported the child to Greenville where he is receiving advanced care. He was reportedly in a coma.
The driver who struck the boy is a 48-year-old man who was driving without a license at the time of the crash. He was operating a 2006 Honda Odyssey. The man stayed at the scene and immediately exited his vehicle to assist after the accident.
One witness said the boy became scared at a house and ran, but details were not included in what occurred. The child was unresponsive when police arrived at the scene but were still breathing. The victim suffered severe head injuries. Neither of the boy’s parents was there when the accident occurred.
Pedestrian accidents often happen on Halloween when children flock to the streets to trick-or-treat. October is the second deadliest month for car accident fatalities, and children have twice the risk of being killed in a pedestrian accident on Halloween as they have any other day of the year.
In addition to the number of kids on the road during Halloween, kids are excited and distracted, out after dark, might be wearing vision obstructing masks and dark-colored clothing. Parents are warned to use caution and send an adult along with younger children. Consider reflective clothing for children or giving them glow sticks to make them more visible. All drivers should be extremely careful on Halloween because of the risk of a child walking in the roadway.
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