A boy hit by a car in southeast Austin was rushed to the hospital in the morning hours of Feb. 28, 2018, according to KXAN-TV.
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Austin-Travis County EMS officials said the crash occurred at 6:35 a.m. in the 800 block of Slaughter Lane in Austin. First responders transported him to Dell Children’s Medical Center where he was rushed to surgery.
Austin Police Department Officer Demitro Hobbs said the child and his family were crossing at the intersection when the car hit the boy. Hobbs said there are no lights at that intersection.
“It’s a very dark intersection,” Hobbs said. “It’s a sad state of events, and like I said, this child needs your prayers.”
Hobbs said the driver immediately ran to a nearby gas station and called 911, and stayed at the scene until first responders arrived.
All westbound lanes of Slaughter Lane were blocked as Austin police investigated the scene. Traffic rerouted south onto Brandt Road, while all but the right-most eastbound lanes were closed.
KXAN-TV reported on Jan. 8, 2018 that Austin contains four of the top ten most dangerous intersections for Texas pedestrians. Those include Trinity and East Seventh streets, West Fourth and Lavaca, North Lamar Boulevard and Interstate 35, and Rundberg Lane.
City officials approved $2.2 million in grants funding projects meant to improve pedestrian safety, including countdown timers at all crossing signals in the city, additional pedestrian beacons and audible pedestrian signals.
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