Pedestrians are being urged again to walk safely, especially during these busy summer months, following an incident Saturday evening that left a 9-year-old boy in critical condition.
On June 20, around 8:55 p.m., a 9-year-old boy of Lehighton, Penn., along with family members and friends, were attempting to cross Route 1 from the west to the east just north of the traffic light at the intersection of Route 54, according to Delaware State Police.
After the group successfully crossed both southbound lanes of traffic, police said, the crossing signal changed, forcing them to stop in the median near the raised curb.
At the same time, they said, a 52-year-old Havre De Grace, Md., man was driving a 2007 Chevrolet Suburban northbound in the right lane, approaching the intersection of Route 54 and Coastal Highway, with a green light.
For unknown reasons, police said, the boy darted out into the right lane of northbound Route 1, directly in the path of Suburban, where he was struck with the front bumper of the SUV. After the impact, the driver immediately pulled to a controlled stop in the bus lane of northbound Coastal Highway, they noted.
The boy was initially flown by Maryland State Police helicopter to Peninsula Regional Medical Center in Salisbury, Md. and later transported by ambulance to D.C. Children’s Hospital in Washington, D.C., where he was listed in critical condition.
The driver of the SUV and his passenger were uninjured.
DSP M. Cpl. Gary Fournier said the Delaware State Police Collision Reconstruction Unit was continuing their investigation into the incident this week. Alcohol was not a factor in the incident, police said, and no charges have been filed.
State police were unable to provide an update on the boy’s condition as of Wednesday’s Coastal Point press deadline.
UPDATE: DSP has reported that the boy is still hospitalized, but his condition is improving.