A 16-year-old Kent-Meridian High School student was rushed to Harborview Medical Center with life-threatening injuries after being struck by a car on school grounds Wednesday.

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A 16-year-old Kent-Meridian High School student was rushed to Harborview Medical Center with life-threatening injuries Wednesday afternoon after being struck by a car on school grounds.

The boy was walking in a crosswalk when he was struck around 12:14 p.m., said Kent Police Detective Melanie Robinson.

The 22-year-old driver apparently lost control of his car when turning off Southeast 256th Street and onto school grounds, Robinson said. The man was arrested on investigation of vehicular assault.

Robinson said the car “skidded” into the crosswalk and struck the student. Police believe speed, not drugs or alcohol, is a contributing factor to the accident.

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A teacher workday closed classes Wednesday, said Kent schools spokesman Chris Loftis. He didn’t know why the student or the driver was on campus.

Loftis said the district is also investigating.

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