Boy struck by SUV outside Gastonia middle school

Boy struck by SUV outside Gastonia middle school

GASTONIA, NC (WBTV) - A student went to the hospital with severe injuries after being hit by an SUV in front of Grier Middle School in Gastonia Thursday morning.

Officials say it happened around 7:11 a.m. on East Garrison Boulevard while the boy was crossing the street. According to the Gastonia Police Department, the boy is a seventh-grader at the school.

The boy was taken to CaroMont Regional Medical Center and then transferred to the Levine Children's Hospital in Charlotte, officers said. Police say the boy has serious but is expected to be OK. The boy received injuries to his leg and head, police said.

The driver of the car reportedly stopped to help the student and held his hand at the scene, officers said. His parents and the school have been notified.

Officials say the boy was not using a crosswalk. The student was allegedly running across the street when the wreck occurred, police said.

Police are not expecting to charge the driver, officers say.

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