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Boy, 13, flown to hospital after being hit by car in Clearwater

CLEARWATER — A 13-year-old boy was airlifted to an area hospital Monday morning after being hit by a vehicle, police said.

The boy, who was not immediately identified, was attempting to cross Drew Street near N Glenwood Avenue with a friend just before 8:30 a.m., police said.

There was no crosswalk where the boys attempted to cross, police said.

The teen was flown to Bayfront Medical Center, where he was treated for non-life threatening injuries, officials said. Neither his friend nor the driver were injured in the collision.

That accident was the second in less than half an hour to cause an injury on Drew Street.

At Drew and Martin Luther King Jr. Avenue, a motorist who ran a red light hit a 39-year-old bicyclist at 8:05 a.m., police said. The unidentified woman did not appear to have life threatening injuries, officials said, and the motorist was cited.

Clearwater police spokeswoman Elizabeth Watts said the crashes didn't seem related to each other or to traffic on Drew Street, which is typically somewhat heavy during morning rush hour. The road is also often used at this time of year as an alternative to Gulf-to-Bay Boulevard by locals attempting to avoid spring break beach traffic.

Boy, 13, flown to hospital after being hit by car in Clearwater 03/19/12 [Last modified: Monday, March 19, 2012 4:26pm]
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