A Greenwood middle-schooler was taken to Arkansas Children’s Hospital in Little Rock after he was struck by a car early Thursday and suffered a broken wrist and broken leg.
Greenwood Police Chief Will Dawson said a seventh-grade boy was walking on Arkansas 10 near East Hills Middle School when he was struck by a car just after 7 a.m. The boy was walking with a middle-school girl, who was not hit.
The boy was outside the school zone when he was struck, where the posted speed limit is 45 mph. Investigators believe the woman who was driving the car was going about 29 mph, Dawson said.
The woman was not arrested or cited. Dawson said the area was dark at the time of the accident, and it’s possible she didn’t see the boy walking. An investigation is underway.
School-assigned crossing guards do not take their posts until 7:30 a.m. when the campus opens, Dawson said.
Greenwood School District Superintendent John Ciesla said the boy was struck near a crosswalk close to a drive that leads down toward the school. The school day was not delayed as a result of the accident.
Ciesla said school administration officials spoke with the boy’s family early Thursday.
"I’m a parent, too — my heart goes out to them," Ciesla said.