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A Central Middle School student was walking across Marr Road to his bus stop near Columbus East High School when he was hit by a pickup truck.
The 13-year-old boy suffered multiple injuries, including a ruptured spleen, collapsed lung and broken leg. He was taken to Riley Hospital for Children in Indianapolis, and initially was listed in critical but stable condition before being upgraded to good condition the following day.
The accident happened just after 7 a.m. March 11 — a little more than a day after clocks were set forward one hour to “spring forward” as part of daylight saving time. That time change has resulted in more darkness in the morning.
Police said the boy was trying to cross the road in dark, rainy conditions, and the driver of the pickup was unable to avoid hitting the eighth-grader.
With the time change and extra darkness in the morning, drivers and pedestrians need to exercise increased caution and awareness when driving and walking near crosswalks, bus stops and any other place that they might intersect.
Slowing your speed, looking both ways and anticipating a possible accident could in turn help prevent another one.
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