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Boy, 8, struck by SUV while crossing street in Lower Burrell

| Sunday, Feb. 2, 2014, 10:33 a.m.

A Lower Burrell boy who was struck by a vehicle and flown to a Pittsburgh hospital was in stable condition Sunday, according to Lower Burrell police.

The boy, 8, along with the Lower Burrell woman who was watching him, were hit about 11 p.m. Saturday as they crossed Leechburg Road from Rita Avenue.

The boy was flown by helicopter to Children's Hospital in Lawrenceville for a “significant head injury,” police said. The woman, Niccole Vickers, 38, of Rita Avenue, was treated for minor injuries at Allegheny Valley Hospital in Harrison and later released.

Vickers said she and the boy were a few feet from the Burrell Inn parking lot when they were struck by an eastbound 2007 Ford Explorer.

Police said the driver, a Lower Burrell man, 43, called 911 and stopped to aid the pedestrians. He was not speeding or intoxicated and will not be charged, according to Lower Burrell police Sgt. Zach Beam.

The driver told police he never saw the pedestrians who were wearing dark colors.

According to Vickers, the SUV threw the boy a couple feet into the Burrell Inn parking lot where he lay bleeding from the head and ear. Vickers rolled onto the SUV's hood and received a sprained ankle and minor head and neck injuries, she said.

The boy never lost consciousness, but appeared “dazed,” according to Todd Johnston, assistant chief of Lower Burrell Volunteer Fire Company No. 3.

Children's Hospital was withholding information on the boy's condition at his family's request.

Lower Burrell police are continuing to investigate the incident and will likely issue a report on Monday, Beam said.

Vickers said the boy was in her care that night because she was hosting a birthday party for one of her children.

“I'm pretty sore, but I'm also thankful,” Vickers said. “It could have been much worse for both of us.”

Braden Ashe is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 724-226-4673 or bashe@tribweb.com.

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