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Chester boy struck by car at school bus stop, police search for driver

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The road is blocked while police crews investigate the scene where a Chester boy was struck while waiting on a school bus Tuesday morning.
The road is blocked while police crews investigate the scene where a Chester boy was struck while waiting on a school bus Tuesday morning.

An 11-year-old boy was hit by a car while he was waiting on a school bus early Tuesday morning in Chester County. The driver then sped away from the scene.

The boy was struck by a vehicle at the corner of Ashford and Dye streets around 7:30 a.m., according to Chester County EMS Director Britt Lineberger. He was taken to Chester Regional Medical Center and later transported to the Levine Children’s Hospital in Charlotte.

A witness at the scene told Chester police officers the car involved in the accident did not stop after hitting the boy and instead fled the scene. S.C. Highway Patrol also responded to the scene to assist with the investigation.

Officers and Chester County sheriff’s deputies later located a suspected vehicle in the collision. Investigators do have a person of interest in the case, according to Chester police, but have not made an arrest, and were continuing to talk to witnesses.

The child is a fifth grade student at Chester Park Center of Literacy through Technology, according to school officials. The school has counselors available to talk with students or staff who may need assistance, officials said.

“Our thoughts and prayers are with this young student and his family at this very difficult time.” Dr. Keith Callicutt, Interim Superintendent.

His condition is unknown, but a Chester police spokesperson said the child needed to be transported to Charlotte due to the severity of his injuries.

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