Child hit by car in crosswalk in front of Bellevue Middle School

Child hit by car in crosswalk in front of Bellevue Middle School
The scene in front of Bellevue Middle School.

MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) - A child was hit by a car in front of Bellevue Middle School on Thursday morning.

The crash happened near 8:30 at the corner of Bellevue Boulevard and Vinton Avenue.

Police said the child was hit while walking in a crosswalk and being assisted by a crossing guard.

“The crossing guard reported that while on duty at her post, she noticed that a vehicle entered into the school zone at an excessive speed and struck this child while in the crosswalk," Lt. Col. Keith Watson said.

A child was rushed to Le Bonheur Children's Hospital. Their condition is unknown at this time.

The driver stayed at the scene after the crash. A witness said the boy was sent into the air after he was hit.

“She knocked him out of his shoes and his socks and everything,” witness Darryl Torry said. “I seen (sic) her speeding through here.”

Torry said he was taking pictures of the car in case the driver decided to leave the scene, and he was met with hostility.

“It brought tears to my eyes to see what had happened to that young man and for her to do what she did, she told me I don’t need to take pictures of her car. She was using profanity. She was telling me to get away from her car,” Torry said.

It’s unclear if the driver will face any charges.

“When these type of infractions happen in a school zone, citizens must be aware that we’re going to take these matters seriously," Watson said.

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