14-Year-Old Fighting for His Life - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

7/22/02

14-Year-Old Fighting for His Life

A 14-year-old boy is in critical condition Monday night after a car hit him in East Lubbock. Police say the impact threw the boy more than 50 feet.

Just after 1:00 p.m. Oscar was dropped off across the street from his house for lunch. Police Spokesman Bill Morgan says Ramirez got out of a truck in the 700 of 47th St., circled around the truck, and attempted to run across the street to his house.

Morgan says, Ramirez darted in front of an oncoming car who had the right of way. The car slammed into Ramirez on the passenger side and carried or threw him about 54 feet.

"My friend was getting out of the truck and was I adjusting the seat belt and when I turned around and saw him flying, going across, he'd been hit by a car," Alex Luna a passenger said.

"The pedestrian was flown or carried approximately 54 feet from the point of impact and landed up against a parked vehicle which was on the south curb of 47th St.," Sergeant John Tucker with the Lubbock Police Department said.

Police don't know how fast the car was travelling or if that will be a factor, but they did say however that Ramirez did not have the right of way because he was not at a crosswalk.

Ramirez suffered head and neck injuries.

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