Richmond toddler in critical condition after being hit by SUV

Richmond toddler in critical condition after being hit by SUV

RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - A 3-year-old Richmond boy is in critical condition after walking into a moving car at a busy intersection Wednesday morning.

It all unfolded in the intersection of Semmes Avenue and 27th Street, where police had to block a lane of traffic as they questioned the child's father and the driver of the SUV.

Scott's family says they're hoping for the best after he suffered a broken leg and injuries to his face. Police officers and medical crews rushed to the scene as he had to be transported to the hospital.

Cathleen Burden had no clue what was unfolding right outside her front door just after 9:30 a.m. Wednesday. "I heard the screaming. It woke me up out of my sleep because I was sleep," she said.

There were police cars, an ambulance and investigators responding to a child struck while walking in the street.

"This is a street where the cars go fast at," Burden said.

Officers say somehow the child dashed into the street, striking the side of a Ford SUV driving on Semmes Avenue.

Scary situations like this cause Burden to be extra careful with her son Zahyir, who's just 1. "You can't let him outside to play or walk off or turn your back because they will run off. Every day, he'll try to get down these steps and take off running. I put him in the stroller. If we we're walking through the cut to go to the store, then I'd walk with him but I hold his hand when I walk with him," she said.

Now Burden is left with one wish for her neighbor. "Hope he gets better and recover," she said.

Scott's father says he was holding the boy's hand walking across the street to head to the store when the child was hit.

The driver involved in this accident is not expected to face any charges.

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