A 13-year-old Palestine boy was struck by a car while riding his skateboard Sunday afternoon on West Point Tap Road in Palestine.
According to Palestine Police Lt. James Muniz, the driver of a 2004 Mitsubishi Eclipse was turning off of West Oak Street onto West Point Tap Road, where the boy was headed.
“Based on what I understand, he was coming out of that side street where Blanton (Road) intersects at West Point Tap,” Muniz said, “and the car couldn't avoid him.”
Crockett resident Joshua Stepleton said he drove up to the scene moments after the accident.
“I mean, you can see what happened,” Stepleton said, pointing. “You can see the skateboard under the car.”
Palestine resident Leah Moye, who was with Stepleton, said she saw smoke coming from the car and a boy lying in the road.
“He hit the passenger side,” Moye said. “We came up right when she hit him and saw the smoke.
I just took off running for his mama. He told me his address.”
Palestine resident Diamond Owens said she too drove up about 10 seconds after it happened.
“I think he hit the windshield real hard,” Owens said. “His temple right there,” she pointed to the side of her head. “There was blood.”
Muniz said hospital reports indicated the boy would be OK.
“He only had minor injuries and they kept him overnight for observation is what I was told,” Muniz said. “He should be fine... they said they were going to release him, but I don't know because I haven’t checked on it.”
The name of the boy was not released.