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Boy Suffers Critical Injuries in Morning Accident
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An 8-year-old boy is in critical condition after being hit by a car while riding his bike to school. People who live in the area of Washington and Decatur say it was only a matter of time before something like this happened.

The accident happened around 8 a.m. at Washington and Minnesota, which is near Decatur. Police say that two children on bikes were in the bike lane and darted into the street. Police say the first child avoided being hit when one driver stopped but a driver in the second lane did not see the children and hit the second child.

The child was pinned under the car and did suffered head injuries. Medics rushed the boy to UMC where he is in critical condition. Metro says the boy was not wearing a helmet and most of his injuries are to his head. Speed does not appear to be a factor in the crash.

"His view would be obstructed and even the driver in that first vehicle said that she felt she was obstructing his view because she was ahead of him and to his right," said Metro Sgt. Oscar Chavez.

It's still unclear whether the driver of the car will face any charges in connection with the accident. Police aren't sure where the boy was headed, but McWilliams Elementary is just down the street.

Metro says at 8:30 a.m. every morning there are warning lights and crossing guards in the intersection, but the accident happened about 20 minutes before that started.

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