Boy airlifted to Orlando hospital after car hits him near Brevard bus stop, officials say

13-year-old taken to Arnold Palmer Hospital in critical condition

PALM BAY, Fla. – A 13-year-old boy was airlifted to an Orlando hospital after he was struck by a car Thursday morning near a bus stop in Brevard County, officials said.

The crash happened around 9 a.m. at the intersection of Cogan Drive and Reading Street in Palm Bay.

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Palm Bay fire officials said a school bus had its lights activated while it was stopped to pick up students when a car tried to go around the bus and struck the boy, who attends Southwest Middle School.

The boy, who was conscious, was treated by first responders at the scene before he was airlifted to Arnold Palmer in Orlando in critical but stable condition, officials said.

A classmate who was at the bus stop told News 6 she saw the accident happen.

‘’I looked to my friend, I was like, ‘You need to call 911 because he just hit a kid,’’' she said.

The girl said her classmate was unconscious for a few moments after the collision.

Palm Bay police said citations are pending against the driver, who is cooperating with the investigation.

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Daniel started with WKMG-TV in 2000 and became the digital content manager in 2009. When he's not working on, Daniel likes to head to the beach or find a sporting event nearby.

James joined News 6 in March 2016 as the Brevard County Reporter. His arrival was the realization of a three-year effort to return to the state where his career began. James is from Pittsburgh, PA and graduated from Penn State in 2009 with a degree in Broadcast Journalism.