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Child hit while waiting for school bus, person of interest being questioned

(Michael Clark | WBTV) (Michael Clark | WBTV)
CHESTER, SC (WBTV) -

A 10-year-old boy is fighting for his life at the hospital after police say he was struck by a vehicle while waiting for the bus Tuesday morning in Chester.

Chester Police say the driver of the vehicle took off, and that investigators are questioning a person of interest as well as witnesses.

The incident happened just before 7:30 a.m. near the intersection of Ashford and Dye Streets in Chester. Neighbor and distant relative Aerica Gallman told us the victim was at the bus stop with his sister.

Other children were also at the bus stop, school leaders said.

“I just heard kids screaming," Gallman said. "I did hear the - like, hit. You could hear the hit,” Gallman said. She said she has been talking with other family members who are with the child at Levine Children's Hospital in Charlotte.

“I’m just praying, not just because he’s related to me, but any child,” Gallman said.

Neighbors like Barbara Taylor say the area has always been a bus stop. They said it is dark early in the morning.

“There’s a lot of kids on this street, and they walk up and down this street a lot," Taylor said. "They bounce basketballs a lot on this street.”

Taylor and Gallman were upset after police said the driver didn’t stop.

“When you hear something about a child, it always hurts,” Taylor continued. "Whether the person thought they hit a dog or a deer, either way you need to stop and get out and check and see what you’ve hit.”

School leaders said the boy is a 5th grader at Chester Park Center of Literacy through Technology.

The boy was rushed to a hospital in Chester before being airlifted to Levine Children's Hospital. Officers say the young boy sustained "severe injuries" in the incident.

The school says they will have counselors available to talk with students and staff who may need assistance. “Our thoughts and prayers are with this young student and his family at this very difficult time,” Interim Superintendent Dr. Keith Callicutt said.

School district officials and law enforcement are working together to investigate the incident.

The Chester Police Department says investigators have a person of interest and are questioning that person.

A vehicle believed to be involved has been recovered.

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