NEWTON — A 12-year-old boy was flown to a Boston hospital last night after he was struck by a vehicle while walking east along Maple Avenue with his 8-year-old brother.
The 12-year-old, whose name was not released, was hit at about 5 p.m. while walking on the shoulder of the dark street. The boy was thrown to the ground, but his injuries were not believed to be life-threatening, police Chief Lawrence Streeter said.
“He was in obvious pain,” Streeter said.
His brother was shaken up, but not injured, Streeter said.
The 12-year-old suffered a laceration to his head and possibly broken bones and internal injuries, Streeter said. The child was taken by medical helicopter to Children’s Hospital in Boston.
The boys, walking a neighbor’s dog, were roughly a half mile from home when the accident occurred, he said. Family members immediately responded to the crash scene.
The driver, Kevin Medeiros of Maple Avenue, was driving the Jeep Cherokee that struck the boy, Streeter said. The 12-year-old was struck by the vehicle’s side mirror, he said.
Although Medeiros was not issued a summons, Streeter said the accident is still under investigation.
Police from Newton and Kingston responded to the crash, along with the Rockingham County Sheriff’s Office. The Newton Fire Department also responded to the accident.