Police say charges possible after boy hit by car outside school

BELMONT, Mich. - The Kent County Sheriff's Office says an eight-year-old boy struck by a vehicle outside of his school Tuesday remains in critical condition at Helen DeVos Children's Hospital.

The Sheriff's Office says in a news release issued late Wednesday afternoon that the boy suffered trauma to his head and torso.

Police say his mom was behind the wheel, but they’re still trying to figure out what happened leading up to the accident. The updated news release also stated that, "Due to the ongoing investigation and possibility of criminal charges we will not be providing additional details about the incident itself until after the prosecutor has reviewed the case. "

The eight-year-old boy was in the parking lot of his school, Chandler Woods Charter. When he was struck by a car, which his mother was driving.

The sheriff department says it happened around 8:30 Tuesday morning, and the majority of the the incident is actually on video.

Deputies tell us the video shows the boy hanging from the passenger side door handle, before he loses his grip and is run over by the back wheel of the vehicle, leading to serious injuries.

But what was happening prior to him being hit is still under investigation.

"Whatever led up to him hanging off that door handle is really a large part of the investigation at this point. As to anyone’s intent, we really can’t speak to that this early," says Sgt. Joel Roon, Kent County Sheriff's Office.

The school released a statement saying," We are keeping the student and family in our thoughts.”

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11 comments

  • Matt

    I know kids can dart out in to traffic unexpectedly or without looking. Its always good to be the defensive driver in school zones. Slow down these our mine, yours or your neighbors children. If speed or distrated driving was the cause i hope he or she gets the max

  • Iamct01

    Bound to happen with all that vehicle traffic in the parking lot instead of a couple busses. The company school should pay for the municipalities services.

    • Dauber

      if you read the details, it happened at 8:30, a half hour after school started, when there isn’t much traffic. And it was his own car because he got stuck to the handle, not darting into traffic . Sometimes an accident is just an accident, and its nobodies fault.

    • Kevin Rahe

      Charter schools aren’t the only ones with too many parents picking up their kids instead of letting them ride the bus. Plenty of parents of public school students do the same thing.

    • Mother of 4

      I’m so sorry that you saw this happen. How traumatic. If you feel like it would help to talk with someone, please let your parents or any adult at school know. They will help you in any way they can.

    • Mac Woods

      So presumably, you reported the fact that you (and your friend) witnessed this to the KCSD? I’m sure they would appreciate any information that your perspective would lend to this investigation.

  • North

    If the parent were paying attention; and not on her phone, this wouldn’t of happened. Pay attention people! Very sorry for the child and many prayers to him!

  • Mother of 4

    I’m not going to speculate on what happened or give general warnings to people to be careful in parking lots because (a) I wasn’t there and don’t know what happened, (b) it will only add to the family’s and friend’s trauma. And to the people who suggest that it happened because there are no busses involved, all I have to say is, if there has never been a pedestrian accident involving a child entering, riding on, or leaving a bus, then I’ll listen. Otherwise, the comment is not helpful and comes across as an attempt to politicize an accident. Praying for this family, and their friends and school, who are rallying to their support.

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