Boy hit by car in Chatham

No charges have been laid after a boy was hit by a car in Chatham earlier this week.

Chatham-Kent Police Service officials allege on Tuesday, May 30, at 5:44 p.m. a woman was driving south bound on Thames Street in Chatham.

This is a posted 50km/h speed zone and the woman was travelling at an approximately 40km/h when an eight-year-old boy ran out onto the street, directly in front of her.

The woman slammed on her brakes, but was unable to stop in time and struck the boy with the front of her car.

This caused the boy to be thrown in the air and land face down on the asphalt.

Due to the severity of the injuries, the boy was transported to London hospital by air ambulance.

Through investigation conducted by the Chatham-Kent Police Service Traffic Management Unit, it was determined that the woman was travelling under the speed limit and there were no signs of impairment.

As a result of the collision, the driver was distraught, but she did not suffer any physical injuries.

The damage to her car is estimated at $1,500.

An officer who has continued to follow-up with the boy’s family has learned that he suffered serious, but non-life threatening injuries.

As of yesterday, the boy had been discharged from the hospital and a full recovery is expected.

The Chatham-Kent Police Service is asking everyone to remind children to look both ways before crossing the street.

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