VICTORVILLE, Calif. (VVNG.com) — A 9-year-old boy was flown to a trauma center after he was hit by a vehicle as he walked home from school Friday afternoon.
It happened on March 9, 2018, near Park View Elementary School in the 13000 block of Cahuenga Road in Victorville.
At about 12:10 pm, 911 communications center received reports that a child had been struck by a vehicle near the intersection of Coalinga Road. The vehicle involved, a 2009 Nissan Armada driven by a 36-year-old Victorville woman remained at the scene.
Victor Valley News Member Miesha Carillo Hartzig witnessed the incident and said she was picking up her own children when the boy was hit by a vehicle as he crossed the street but she wasn’t sure if he darted across.
After the impact, the boy fell backwards onto the ground next to a silver Kia Forte.
“He was laying next to the car face down saying he don’t want to die,” stated Miesha. The boy’s older sister, also a student at the school, was by her brother’s side and was hysterical.
According to the California Highway Patrol, the crash happened as the SUV traveled eastbound on Coalinga Road and once the driver of the Nissan completed her stop, she slowly continued east across Cahuenga Road when the nine-year-old male pedestrian ran across Coalinga Road, into the left front side of the Nissan Armada.
Miesha says the boy sustained a laceration to his head but was alert and talking as she grabbed a jacket to cover the child. “I told them to put pressure on the wound and to keep him calm until an ambulance came,” stated Miesha.
Due to the child’s injuries firefighters with San Bernardino County requested the boy be flown to Loma Linda University Medical Center. The designated landing zone for the helicopter was established on the field at Liberty Park.
“It’s so sad how these people drive over there. I seen parents fly down the street trying to beat other cars. They do have guards at the cross walk but they can only do so much,” stated Keisha Ronelle Montes whose daughter attends the school.
According to a California Highway Patrol, alcohol and drugs are not suspected to be a factor in the collision.
Anyone with information regarding this traffic collision is urged to call the Victorville CHP-Area office at (760) 241-1186.
(Correction: Officials confirmed the correct age of the child to be 9-years-old.)