6th grader was hit by a car while crossing the street to North Huntingdon School – WPXI

6th grader was hit by a car while crossing the street to North Huntingdon School – WPXI

NORTH HUNTINGDON, Pa. – A Hillcrest Middle School sixth-grader was struck by a car while crossing the street this morning.

First responders were called to Mockingbird Drive, where the school is located, around 7:45 a.m. for a report of a pedestrian accident.

Neighbors were in shock Friday afternoon.

“It’s terrifying,” Don Bodnar added.

“It’s a complete shock, because this has never happened before,” Melissa Hrydosik said.

Bodnar and Hrydosek live next door to the home of the boy who was hit by a car early Friday morning as he walked across the street to school. Bodnar’s wife heard this was happening but didn’t know what was going on.

“Oh, there was a lot of yelling and screaming,” Bodnar recalls. “So, I thought it might just be a fight between two kids or something, but someone ended up getting hurt.”

North Huntingdon Police and EMS arrived on the scene around 7:45 a.m. and quickly began treating the boy.

“He had some injuries that required some medical attention. We were able to stabilize him and get him to (Children’s) Hospital very quickly,” said Shane Spielvogel, director of North Huntingdon EMS Rescue.

Channel 11’s Andrew Havranek spoke with the boy’s mother via Facebook Messenger. She said River’s condition is stable and they have “no additional information to provide at this time as we await a more thorough investigation from the North Huntingdon Police Department.”

“We hope the results of the investigation will help address ongoing issues with vehicle speed and pedestrian safety on Mockingbird Drive,” she continued.

Police are still working to determine how this accident occurred, but neighbors agree with concerns about speed and pedestrian safety, especially since there is also a sign indicating a blind person lives in the area.

“They need to slow down,” Hridosek said. “There are a lot of schools around. People just need to drive slower.”

“What I’m hoping is that the police will pay attention to the speed limit, and maybe set a trap every now and then when people get off, and maybe that will reduce this type of situation,” Bodnar added.

The school district says it is monitoring the situation, asking for prayers, and has counselors on hand.

North Huntingdon Police are investigating this incident. We will provide you with any new updates as soon as we become aware of them.

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