A child was in critical condition Thursday afternoon after being stuck by an SUV on Novato's west side, officials said.
Novato police and fire officials responded at about 3 p.m. to Novato Boulevard just west of San Marin High School and just east of Sandy Creek Way. First-responders did not release the identity, age or gender of the child.
Police Acting Lt. Jennifer Welch said the child was on a bike and was struck just in front of a Pacific Gas and Electric Co. substation and was transported in critical condition to a hospital. Police scanner reports said the child was taken to Novato Community Hospital and one of the parents was being taken there in another vehicle.
At 4:40 p.m., a helicopter that had landed at the north end of Rowland Way near Novato Community Hospital took off with the patient toward Oakland Children's Hospital.
Shalee Cunningham, superintendent of the Novato Unified School District, sent a e-news blast at 5:40 p.m. saying the child was a Sinaloa Middle School student on the way home from school.
"Counseling will be available for students and staff at the nearby schools," Cunningham wrote. "Our heart-felt thoughts are with the family."
Welch said Novato Boulevard would be shut down until approximately 6:30 p.m.
A mangled child's bicycle was on the ground next to a telephone pole on the south side of Novato Boulevard. A bicycle helmet, backpack and other items were in the middle of the street and being marked by police investigators. A white GMC Yukon SUV was stopped in the middle of the street with a dent in the hood.
At least six Novato police cars and one Marin County Sheriff's deputy were at the site and investigating the crash.
The driver stopped and was cooperating with the police investigation, Welch said.
At 5:30 p.m., Welch said there was no new information to provide on the incident.
— Bay City News Service contributed to this report.