A 12-year-old Knoxville boy suffered serious injuries when he was struck by a motorist in front of his middle school on Tuesday, Sept. 11. The incident occurred just after 8:05 a.m., in front of Vine Middle Magnet School.

Witness statements taken by Knoxville Police Department reflect that the victim’s 32-year-old mother came to a full stop in a turn lane in the middle of the road along Martin Luther King Jr. Avenue immediately before the incident occurred. Witnesses reportedly watched as the young boy exited the passenger side door of his mother’s car and ran in front of the vehicle in an attempt to cross the street to get to school.

Shortly after the boy cleared his mother’s vehicle and entered the adjoining oncoming traffic lane, he was struck by the driver of a Chevrolet Suburban. When questioned by police, the 31-year-old motorist driving the Chevy noted that he unsuccessfully attempted to brake to avoid striking the child.

At the time the incident occurred, flashing lights warning motorists that they were entering a school zone would not have been illuminated as they are programmed to shut off at 8:05 a.m. This means that the speed limit that motorists would have been allowed to drive at the time was 35 miles per hour. The lights at other middle schools in Knox County are set to continue flashing until 8:30 a.m.

Paramedics arriving at the crash scene quickly stabilized the young boy before transporting him to the University of Tennessee Medical Center. Although his injuries were described as serious upon his arrival there, doctors expected him to survive them.

It’s unclear if the motorist accused of striking the child will face any charges for his role in causing the crash.

When children are hurt in car crashes, their injuries are often more severe than adults’ because of a sheer difference in size and weight. The expense involved in caring for a patient with severe injuries can be significant. A Knoxville attorney can help you understand what resources are available to you to help you secure access to the medical care you need to make the most of your recovery.