Students and parents alike were alarmed following an incident that occurred Tuesday afternoon.
Just before 3 p.m., Tuesday, a student was struck by a car while walking home from school at the corner of Offnere Street and 9th Street. The boy was quickly loaded into an ambulance as emergency responders arrived on the scene.
“We had a young man trying to cross the street and he got hit by a car,” said Portsmouth Fire Chief Bill Raison. “We know he was talking and alert following the incident and told us what had happened, which is always a good sign.”
Raison also informed The Daily Times the boy was a 13-year-old student of Portsmouth Jr. High School.
According to witnesses, the car came out of nowhere and struck the boy.
“I was right behind him crossing the street, the car almost hit me too,” said another Portsmouth student, and friend of the victim. “It makes me afraid for my safety, and the safety of my other friends who are walking home from school. I hope he’s okay.”
The names of the boy and the driver have not been released.
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