Boy avoids injury when hit by car

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DALTON — A 9-year-old boy escaped serious injury after a car struck him in a downtown crosswalk over the weekend.

Several eyewitness told police that around 8:30 p.m. on Saturday, the boy did push the button to activate the crosswalk light in front of the Dalton Community Recreation Association on Main Street. However, the youngster ran into the crosswalk before the light changed, almost making it to the other side before he was hit by an unknown driver, police said on Sunday.

Police say the driver did stop, got out of his mid-2000s dark, red sedan, spoke to the boy who apparently told him he was fine. Investigating officers want to speak to the driver, who left the scene before police arrived. He's described as between 40-60 years old, gray hair, wearing a tie-dye shirt and jeans. He also had a female passenger in the vehicle.

Police say a second driver stopped and flagged down a Dalton police cruiser to alert the officer of the accident. The boy, not living far from the Dalton CRA, walked home. Dalton Ambulance was called to the residence and transported the boy to Berkshire Medical Center where he was treated in the Emergency Department and released, according to police.

Anyone with information about the accident or the driver in question should call the Dalton Police Department at 413-684-0300.

Dick Lindsay can be reached at rlindsay@berkshireeagle.con and 413-496-6233. 

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