Child runs into street, hits car

By Fred Childers – bio|email

SHREVEPORT, LA (KSLA) – Emergency crews responded to the 2500 block of Portland St. where a seven year old boy collided with a moving car.

"I jumped out the truck I called 911, and I ran over to him and I grabbed his hand," said Nicole Jefferson, a witness.

Jefferson, along with others, saw it happen.

They say his minor injuries could have been much worse, had he entered the street a second sooner - in front of the car.

"She would have never seen him because he hit the back part," said Nicole Jackson.

She was walking her son home from school, when the boy ran passed her, and she's the reason the boy didn't enter the street a second sooner.

"He caught the back part of the door, if I would not have caught him he probably would have hit front first instead of slowing down," said Jackson.

Witnesses say the sidewalk is a common way for the students from Queensboro Elementary to get home, kids travel between a tall fence and a home before entering the street.

Witnesses say the little boy came out into the street looked right but did not look left, and they say he darted directly into a car.

"None of these kids should be walking home by themselves," said Jackson.

Portland is a busy street, combine that with speeding cars and with kids who are excited to be heading home, and the danger becomes obvious.

"Because some of them still don't pay attention to these cars, and some of these cars do go a little faster than what's posted, 25 or 30 miles per hour," said Jackson.

The boy was rushed to LSU Hospital, and he's expected to make a full recovery.

But parents want him, and other kids to know, that "look both ways", is more than just a phrase, they're words to live by.

Witnesses say while speed is generally a problem in the area, the car that the little boy ran into did not appear to be speeding.

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