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Boy Hit By Car, Rushed to Hospital with Head Injury

Incident happened at 6:40 p.m. near intersection of Novato Boulevard and Tamalpais Avenue/Seventh Street.

A 14-year-old boy who tried to cross Novato Boulevard without using a crosswalk was struck by a car Friday evening and hospitalized with head injuries, a fire official said.

The is investigating the accident, but Battalion Chief Mike Hughes — the first emergency personnel at the incident site — said the boy darted out in front of the oncoming car and the driver had no chance to react, according to an interview with the driver.

The boy was among a group standing on one side of Novato Boulevard at about 6:40 p.m. and tried to cross the street near the light at Tamalpais Avenue/Seventh Street, Hughes said. The driver was doing about 40 mph when the car struck the boy in front of 1683 Novato Blvd., about 30-40 feet from the nearest crosswalk, Hughes added.

The driver stopped and rendered first aid, the chief said. “He did a great job, maintained airway and spine alignment,” he said. “As soon as the medics got there, they went to work on him. … You could tell he was professionally trained.”

Hughes said he couldn’t tell the extent of the injuries. He said personnel at Marin General Hospital conducted an ultrasound on the boy’s midsection and then took him to get a brain scan.

Several other drivers stopped to offer help, and police officers arrived to investigate and manage traffic.

Denise Rasmussen November 05, 2011 at 04:53 AM
Prayers for the boy and the driver tonight.
Lillian F Nickerson November 05, 2011 at 01:31 PM
I am so sorry for the youngster and extremely proud of the driver for his prompt and effective actions following the accident.
Janna Barkin November 05, 2011 at 02:47 PM
So sorru to hear this and praying for good outcome. Be careful out there.
the year of the twins November 05, 2011 at 06:21 PM
How fast was the driver going to justify not being able to react? Granted he didn't have time to react because of this boy's mistake, aren't drivers taught to drive cautiously and reactionary? I notice in Novato motorists drive fast and are always in a big hurry. Some of them barely stop at stop signs.
Born & raised November 05, 2011 at 06:39 PM
The speed limit is 40mph. Article said driver was going 40mph. Often times kids push the limits of "pedestrian always has the right of way". You've all seen it. Not saying that's the case with this incident, but if you play with fire, your gonna get burned.
Steven Norwin November 05, 2011 at 07:37 PM
I hope the young boy recovers fully. This is a reminder to use the crosswalks AND obey the the walk/do not walk light. We all need to do our part. Stay safe everyone!
Born & raised November 05, 2011 at 10:18 PM
Correction, speed limit is 40, then slows to 35 between Tamalpais and Diablo.
Safensecure November 05, 2011 at 11:43 PM
This area of what is a very busy street deserves the attention of the Novato Public Works Department. This is a highly travelled pedestrian area of the road.
Jack November 06, 2011 at 06:42 PM
It sounds to me like the car was doing the speed limit. Also, the child was hit in the road 30-40 feet from a crosswalk. If he was trying to cross the road, it seems like a very poor choice of a spot to do so. I do however agree with what both you and B&R says below though, some people do drive too fast in this town, especially in the residential neighborhoods. But many pedestrians in this town do push the limits of “right of way”. I cannot even begin to count the number of times a jaywalker has simply wandered out in front of my car without even bothering to look first. Never mind when they are in crosswalks, where many seem to half their normal walking speed and cross at a snail’s pace, appearing to do so just to hold up traffic on purpose. This is very frustrating and tends to give drivers a bad attitude. Especially in the few parts of town where this is very prevalent. Anyways, I have tried hard to teach my 14 year old to know better, respect traffic, the laws and to never goof around on the side of a road (especially on one of the busiest streets in town). I cannot even begin to image what the parents must be feeling right now and sincerely hope the boy makes a full recovery.

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