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12-year-old boy hit by car in South Tampa

TAMPA — A Coleman Middle School student was hit by a car and slightly injured while walking home from school Thursday.

Police say the 12-year-old boy was crossing Bay to Bay Boulevard at Manhattan Avenue. He was walking in the crosswalk, but was going against the light, police said. A car traveling on Manhattan did not stop in time.

The boy was taken to Tampa General Hospital with "very minor injuries," police said.

Bill Steiger was returning from picking up his daughter, an eighth grader at Coleman, when he saw the child face-down in the road. Police and an ambulance had just arrived, he said.

Steiger said that stretch of Manhattan is often congested in the late afternoon.

"It's not a little South Tampa road. It's the main artery in South Tampa," he said. "And it's so crowded, and there's so many cars in so many directions. It's scary for me, when I'm in the car driving."

12-year-old boy hit by car in South Tampa 12/13/12 [Last modified: Thursday, December 13, 2012 6:34pm]
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