Child hit by car on Midlothian Turnpike

RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - A little boy is fighting for life, after getting hit by a car on Midlothian Turnpike in Richmond's Southside. It's a terrible accident involving a child, of 8 or 9 police say, and a senior citizen driver.

That little boy, whose name we haven't learned yet was taken up for surgery at VCU Medical Center and Richmond police tell me, his injuries are pretty serious; they're life threatening.

This was not a hit and run accident. In fact, police say the 72-year-old, man driving the car, may not be charged.

After hitting the boy, police say, the driver stayed at the scene, even after a crowd started to gather.

"He hit the little boy in the air and he fell straight on his head on the sidewalk," said eyewitness Isaih Byrd. "That car right there came all the way down. He did not beep the horn. He did not try to slow down. He did not swerve. He didn't do nothing. He just kept speeding and hit the little boy. It was so scary man. I though about if it was my son. I would have went off."

Neighbors came out to help calm the child. Richmond Police say witnesses they talked with, said the boy ran out in front of the car, and there was nothing the driver could do.

Again, the crash team is still investigating but police say, the 72-year-old driver, may not be charged.

Meantime, neighbors are praying for the child as he undergoes surgery.

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