A 9-year-old boy is in critical condition after being hit by a vehicle at the intersection of Cleveland and Masters avenues in Wildwood early Tuesday morning.

At 7:13 a.m., Sumter County Fire & EMS arrived at the scene to find the child 40 feet from the vehicle with severe injuries.

The boy was airlifted to UF Health Shands Hospital in Gainesville.

The boy was apparently crossing the street when he was hit by a Dodge vehicle.

The accident is under the investigation by the Wildwood Police Department.

There is perhaps nothing more heartbreaking than a child suffering from an injury caused by someone else’s negligence. Due to the fact that a child, or any pedestrian, is no match for a motor vehicle, these accidents tend to cause severe injuries that result in lifelong disabilities. The most common pedestrian vs. car accident injuries include:

  • Traumatic Brain Injuries
  • Broken Bones & Fractures
  • Internal Injuries
  • Wrongful Death

While this may seem shocking, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports that a pedestrian is injured in an automobile accident every 8 minutes. Over the course of a year, automobile accidents involving pedestrians claim nearly 5,000 lives and result in 70,000 injuries.

If your son, daughter, niece, nephew or grandchild suffered injuries in an auto accident in Sumter County, our Villages Injury Lawyers at Whittel & Melton can help. Call us today at 352-369-5334 or contact us online’ for a free consultation.