Boy, 12, struck by vehicle at La Center intersection

By Emily Gillespie, Columbian Breaking News Reporter

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A 12-year-old boy was injured in a crash outside of La Center Middle School on Monday morning.

Emergency personnel were called to the intersection of East Fourth Street and Northeast Highland Road just before 8 a.m. for a report of a crash involving a vehicle and a pedestrian.

A student from the middle school was struck by a car and suffered injuries described as not life-threatening, Clark County Fire & Rescue spokesman Tim Dawdy said.

The boy was treated by firefighters at the scene and taken to PeaceHealth Southwest Medical Center, Dawdy said.

A school bus that was traveling east on Fourth Street was stopped at Highland Road, waiting to turn left and to let the boy cross the street, La Center police Officer Andy Marvitz said.

The boy ran across the street, and the driver of a vehicle traveling eastbound, whose view was blocked by the bus, struck the child, Marvitz said.

Marvitz called the crash “a perfect storm,” but said the good thing was the crash was low speed and low impact.

No citations have been issued but the investigation into the crash is ongoing, Marvitz said.

School officials responded to the scene along with police, fire and medical personnel, Dawdy said.