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New Hampshire

December 4, 2013

Newton boy still in hospital

Child struck while walking dog

NEWTON — A 12-year-old boy, struck by a vehicle while walking Monday night along Maple Avenue, remained hospitalized yesterday.

The boy was at Children’s Hospital in Boston, where he was admitted in critical but stable condition, police Chief Lawrence Streeter said.

“He’s still in the hospital and still in the ICU,” Streeter said.

The chief said the boy was improving, but had not been told his condition.

The boy, whose name has not been released, was walking a neighbor’s dog with his 8-year-old brother when the accident occurred about 5 p.m. Monday. They were heading east and only a short distance from their home when the 12-year-old was hit by a Jeep Cherokee driven by Kevin Medeiros, 24, of 43 Maple Ave. The 12-year-old was thrown to the ground when he was struck by a side mirror. He suffered a laceration to the back of his head and was treated for possible broken bones and internal injuries, Streeter said. His brother was shaken up, but not hurt, the chief said.

The child was flown by medical helicopter to Boston Monday evening. The injured boy is a seventh-grader at Sanborn Regional Middle School, where students were making cards for him yesterday, principal Sandy Rutherford said.

Rutherford said the students are also making a video for their classmate in which everyone would wear red clothing because that’s the boy’s favorite color.

Medeiros was not issued a summons. Streeter said the accident is still under investigation.

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