Troopers believe the child snuck out of the house and walked onto the highway, where he was struck.
Update, Sept. 4: The boy was released from Harborview Medical Center over Labor Day weekend after reaching satisfactory condition, Haborview spokeswoman Susan Gregg said by phone.
A 5-year-old boy was in serious condition at Harborview Medical Center after being hit by a car on Highway 2 near Lake Stevens the night of Aug. 30, according to Washington State Patrol.
The child, who was described as conscious and alert after the accident, was taken to Providence Regional Medical Center in Everett with injuries that included a fractured leg and abrasions, Trooper Travis Shearer said. The boy was transferred to Harborview on Friday morning, where he was in intensive care, Gregg said.
The boy snuck out of his house after being put to bed and wandered onto the highway, Lake Stevens Police Cmdr. Ron Brooks said. It appears the boy walked onto the highway from 20th Street Southeast, according to the State Patrol.
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Cars are usually traveling around 45 or 55 mph in the merging area where the child was hit, Shearer said, but it’s not known how fast the car was going.
The driver, who was traveling west on Highway 2, hit the boy around 10 p.m. and then pulled over and called 911, according to State Patrol, which is investigating the crash. The incident is being seen as an accident and charges will not be filed Shearer and Brooks said.
“At this time, there are no charges being filed and we don’t believe impairment was a factor,” Shearer said. “It’s a very tragic accident, but we have the best outcome possible, which is that the child is still alive.”
The parents were located and the mother joined the child at the hospital around midnight, according to the State Patrol.