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Wisconsin boy in critical condition after being hit by car

A 9-year-old Wisconsin boy who was hit by a car after getting off his school bus is still in critical condition, and police are investigating what happened to cause the accident in the first place.

According to sources, at the time of the accident the bus driver was following all of the proper procedures and had the red lights flashing and the stop arm extended to let other motorists know to not drive around the bus and that children were exiting.

And while no charges have been pressed against the 16-year-old Wisconsin high school student that was driving the car that hit the boy, investigators have issued a warrant on the teen's phone to see if she was texting right before the accident. At this point the girl has denied texting on her phone, but investigators are looking through the phone records just to confirm her side of the story.

A school official has also made a point to state that the teenage driver had only had her license for about a week before the accident.

After the accident, the boy was transported to the hospital where it was reported that there was swelling near his brain. However, the superintendent for the school district that both the 9-year-old and 16-year-old go to said that the initial swelling has gone down some, and doctors are considering operating on his broken leg.

Aside from the 9-year-old and his family, and also the 16-year-old and her family, other students who were on the school bus at the time that the boy was hit were also emotionally impacted by the accident, and counselors have been at both the elementary and high schools to help any of the students who saw the accident, as well as the bus driver.

Resource: Duluth News Tribune, "Hayward boy hit by car still in critical condition," John Lundy, 9 March 2011

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