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Boy struck in U.S. 41 traffic

A 10-year-old boy was seriously injured Tuesday when he stepped onto U.S. 41 and was hit by a southbound car, authorities said.

Harold Robert House, of 1111 U.S. 41, was on the west side of the road near Stan's Garage when he stepped into traffic about 8:10 a.m., the Florida Highway Patrol said.

House had been waiting with his mother and sister to cross the road to his bus stop, the FHP said.

He was flown by helicopter to Bayfront Medical Center in St. Petersburg.

The hospital declined to give his condition Tuesday night. Because of his age, his parents were allowed to keep that information private and they chose to do so, hospital officials said.

The boy is a fourth-grader at Moton Elementary School. Earlier in the year, he attended J. D. Floyd Elementary School. He transferred after changing addresses, school officials said.

The driver of the 1985 Nissan that hit him was identified as David Scott Randall, 23, of 5096 Landover Blvd., in Spring Hill. His car skidded about 50 feet before it struck the boy.

Randall was not injured or charged, the FHP said.

The highway patrol could provide no other details of the accident, nor an explanation why the boy ran into the road. More information was expected today.

In an unrelated wreck in Spring Hill at about the same time, three people were taken to hospitals after a car on Osowaw Boulevard pulled in front of van headed south on U.S. 19.

All three motorists were treated and released, the FHP said.

In that accident, driver Nancy Young, 40, of 3350 Pointsettia Drive, tried to turn north from Osowaw in her blue 1988 Ford at 8:35 a.m. and was struck by a 1987 Ford van driven by Frederick Souliotis Jr., 30, of Homosassa, said the FHP.

Frederick and passenger Arick Souliotis, 43, also of Homosassa, were taken to HCA/Oak Hill Hospital. Young went to Spring Hill Regional Hospital. She was cited for violating a right of way, the FHP said.