Child hit by vehicle in Decatur

DECATUR, Ala. -- Decatur authorities confirm a child was struck by a vehicle Thursday afternoon in Decatur.

Decatur Fire and Rescue along with first responders responded to Brookline Avenue near Gaslight Place around 2:45 p.m. Officers said they determined the boy was hit while walking home from Julian Harris Elementary School.

The child was airlifted to UAB hospital and was reported to have been transferred to a regular room after arriving at Children's Hospital.

Cathy Riddle says her neighbor saw the whole incident happen only a few feet away from a marked cross-walk. "When she figured out it was a little boy, the lady and the other person in the car tried to drag, get the little boy out from under the car with him screaming, crying, and yelling."

In the 15-years, she has lived in the community Riddle said she has never seen a person get hit by a car, but animals are a different story. " I have had two small dogs killed on this street because people were going to fast, not paying attention, loud music, tinted windows."

She hopes this is an eye opener for people who travel on Brookline Avenue and wants them to slow down and pay more attention to the road. "Please slow down on Brookline and every other street that is a residential school area."

Decatur City Schools says the child suffered a hairline fracture in the pelvis but is expected to be okay.

Decatur police have identified the driver of the vehicle involved in the incident and are continuing to investigate.

Editor's note:  It was initially reported that the boy's age was 7 by Decatur Police.  That has been revised.