Police and Emergency personnel were called to the scene of a pedestrian accident in Boyce Friday morning where a child was reportedly hit by a vehicle. Virginia State Police said the incident occurred at approximately 7:30 AM near Boyce Elementary School where a juvenile darted across traffic and was struck by a vehicle. Officials said that according to witnesses, the child did not look and was not in a crosswalk. Police said they do not plan to file charges because the driver had no chance to avoid the child. The juvenile was transported to Winchester Medical Center with non-life threatening injuries.
School officials sent a letter home with students later that day identifying the victim as a Johnson Williams student saying that, “His injuries appear to be minor.” The school also used the letter to emphasize the importance of street and road safety and encouraged parents to talk to children about the importance of safety at home, at school, and in the community.
Data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration shows that one-fourth of children between the ages of 5 and 9 who were killed in traffic crashes were pedestrians. Children in this age group have not developed the skills and experience to navigate traffic safely and judge speed and distance. Therefore, it is important to teach safe pedestrian skills to children as well as provide responsible adult supervision as they travel to and from school.