APOPKA – A boy was hospitalized after being struck by a car in Orange County on Sunday, according to the Orange County Fire Rescue Department.
The crash occurred at East Semoran Boulevard and Thompson Road in Apopka, authorities said.
A witness said the boy was trying to cross the street with his grandmother when he was struck. They were not at a crosswalk, according to the witness.
The driver of a Ford Focus was turning onto Thompson when the crash happened. The driver is not expected to be charged, authorities said.
“He was bleeding a lot, and it messed up my mind seeing him like that. Not only me and everyone else who stopped to help. It’s the right thing to do,” said Sal Garcia, who witnessed the accident.
The boy was airlifted to the hospital via helicopter on a trauma alert, authorities said.
Garcia, who have seen the kid before in his parents neighborhood, is happy the boy is okay, yet calling it all a lesson learned.
“I tell my son, ‘don’t cross the street’ and I just proved it to him. See why you don’t cross the street,” said Garcia.
According to the Florida Highway Patrol, the boy is in stable, but serious condition.