Litchfield boy in hospital after being struck by car

Posted Aug. 30, 2011, at 1:33 p.m.
Last modified Aug. 31, 2011, at 5:19 a.m.

LITCHFIELD, Maine — A 7-year-old boy is in the hospital after he was hit by a car while skateboarding outside his Pine Tree Road home on Tuesday, according to police.

The boy, whose name was being withheld because of his age, possibly suffered a broken leg, according to Maine State Police Trooper Christopher Rogers.

The boy was transported by ambulance to Central Maine Medical Center in Lewiston, where he remains Tuesday afternoon.

The accident took place around 8 a.m. Tuesday, as the boy was skateboarding with his 10-year-old brother outside their home. Instead of standing up on their boards, the boys lay on their stomachs to ride them from the top of their driveway toward the road at the bottom of the driveway, according to Rogers.

The driver of the car, Bruce Gardner of Litchfield, saw the boy and swerved to the right to miss him, and the front left side of the car struck the boy’s leg, Rogers said.

“He felt bad, he did everything he could,” said Rogers. “He knew the family, he knew the kids.”

The trooper is also hoping that the boys will learn a lesson from the incident.

“A skateboard [shouldn’t be] used to ride on your stomach down the hill,” Rogers said.

The driver’s attention to the road may have prevented more serious injuries.

“If you’re talking on a cell phone, texting, looking at a map, [looking at anything] other than the road in that situation, it could’ve been worse,” Rogers said.

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