UPDATED: Boy flown to hospital after being struck by car driven by off-duty police sergeant in Irwindale


IRWINDALE — Rescuers rushed a young boy to a trauma center Thursday after he was struck by a car driven by an off-duty Irwindale police sergeant while riding his scooter across the street, officials said.
The incident took place about 7 p.m. on Calle Del Norte, just east of Irwindale Avenue, according to Los Angeles County Fire Department and California Highway Patrol officials.
The boy, who appeared to be about 7 years old, was flown by helicopter to a hospital in unknown condition, though he was conscious and breathing, CHP Officer Joshua Duran said. The injuries were not believed to be life-threatening.
The boy, who lives across the street from Irwindale Park, was riding his electric Razor scooter southbound across Calle Del Norte to meet his family, which was already at the park for an evening concert, the officer said.
After leaving the driveway, he was struck by a westbound Lexus GS 300, Duran said. It was being driven by an off-duty Irwindale police sergeant who was on his way to work at the police station about half a block away from the scene of the crash.
The impact threw the boy about 20 feet, officials said.
His injuries could have been worse, Duran added. “From what I understand, he was wearing a helmet.”
The investigation remained in it’s early stages, however it initially appeared the Lexus was traveling within the speed limit of 25 mph when it struck the boy, Duran added. The name of the police sergeant at the wheel was not released.
The cause of the crash was being investigated by officers from the Baldwin Park office of the CHP.

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