Boy, 12, struck by vehicle on Altama

A 12-year-old Brunswick boy was flown by helicopter to a Savannah hospital Tuesday night, shortly after he was struck by a car while trying to pedal his bicycle across Altama Avenue, according to the Georgia State Patrol.

The child originally was taken by ambulance to Southeast Georgia Health System, where he was flown by helicopter to Memorial University Medical Center, state troopers said.

The boy was in the intensive care unit of the hospital Wednesday, state patrol Sgt. Oscar Fernandez said.

According to state troopers, the boy was trying to cross to the east side of Altama Avenue in the 5700 block at 6:05 p.m. The boy cut across the path of a southbound 1996 GMC Yukon, which struck the boy with the vehicle’s front right side, according to the state patrol.

The impact threw the boy between 40 and 45 feet from impact, Fernandez said. The GMC swerved onto the concrete center median and smacked into a light post before coming to a stop straddling the median. The boy’s bicycle was wedged beneath the vehicle when it came to a stop, according to the state patrol.

The 28-year-old driver was not at fault and was not cited, Fernandez said.

— Larry Hobbs

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