110 W. New York Ave.
DeLand, FL 32720
By Pat Andrews
posted Aug 30, 2012 - 10:18:20am
UPDATED 4:30 P.M. THURSDAY, AUG. 30 — The child involved in this morning's accident has been identified as 12-year-old William Hamilton.
Gary Davidson, spokesman at the Volusia County Sheriff's Office said the investigation revealed that Hamilton was at fault in the accident. He pedaled into the path of the vehicle.
Hamilton's injuries were minor.
It's the first such accident reported in West Volusia this year, Volusia County Schools spokeswoman Nancy Wait said.
The call came into dispatch at 8:28 a.m. from the corner of Courtland Boulevard and Parnell Court. A seventh-grade Heritage Middle School student was struck by a vehicle at the intersection as he walked to school.
The boy was awake and complaining only of pain in his ankle, according to Sheriff's Office dispatch records.
Wait confirmed the student complained of ankle pain, but she didn't know the extent of injury, she said.
At 8:54 a.m., a parent was on the scene, refused ambulance transport to the hospital, and took the child in a family vehicle.
This morning's accident is the fifth case of students struck by vehicles on their way to or from school, in less than two weeks of school, which began Aug. 20.
A New Smyrna Beach High School freshman was hit on the first day of school, and received minor injuries. Three other students in East Volusia have been struck as they walked or biked to and from school. No life-threatening injuries were reported.
Last school year, 27 students were hurt, and two died, after they were involved in traffic accidents as they made their way to and from school.
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