CEDAR CITY – A 12-year-old boy was hit by a 17-year-old driver in Cedar City Saturday afternoon after the boy ran out in front of the teen’s car without looking first.
The 12-year-old was crossing East Fiddlers Canyon Road at 2015 North to go hiking in the hills when the incident occurred, Cedar City Police Sgt. David Bulloch said.
It was fortunate for the boy that the teenage driver was traveling at the designated speed limit of 25 mph, Bulloch said, or the incident could have been much worse.
Cedar Public Safety was alerted to the incident at 4:08 p.m. by a witness who saw it happen, Bulloch said. Cedar City Police Department and Gold Cross Ambulance were dispatched to the scene.
The 12-year-old was evaluated by Gold Cross Ambulance medical professionals at the scene. His parents, who had been called to the scene by officers, transported him to Valley View Medical Center to be treated for minor injuries.
“He had mostly cuts and bruises,” Bulloch said. “But it’s a good idea to get him checked out.”
The incident should serve as a reminder to pedestrians to pay attention to their surroundings before running out into the road – especially in areas where there are no crosswalks, Bulloch said.
“The boy who was driving was pretty shook up,” he said. “If he was going any faster the kid would have had much more serious injuries.”
Nobody was found at fault in the incident and no citations were issued.
This report is based on preliminary information provided by law enforcement or other emergency responders and may not contain the full scope of findings.
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