A 10-year-old boy suffered an apparent foot injury after he darted in front of a vehicle shortly before 8 a.m. Wednesday at the intersection of Bassett Road and Westview Street, according to Palestine police.

Devin Lee Gallion, 10, of Palestine was transported to Palestine Regional Medical Center following the accident which occurred as the boy was walking to school, according to Palestine Assistant Police Chief Brian Wharton.

The accident happened around 7:53 a.m. Wednesday when the boy ran in front of a 1998 Chevrolet Camaro operated by Mary Hamilton, 34, of Palestine, who was traveling southbound in the 1100 block of Bassett Road, according to a Palestine police report.

The same report indicated Gallion was walking to Westwood Elementary School northbound in the 1100 block of Bassett Road when he was offered a ride by a motorist who was traveling westbound on Westview Street and had reached the intersection of the two streets.

According to a diagram included in the report, Gallion then walked into the path of Hamilton’s vehicle which was southbound on Bassett Road. Gallion was struck in the right foot by the vehicle, according to the same diagram.

Palestine Police Sgt. Pete Todd said Thursday it was “very fortunate” that the boy was not seriously injured.

“I think it’s a case of a child doing what children do,” said Todd, indicating the boy apparently responded to the offer of a ride without first checking on oncoming traffic.

Gallion was transported by ambulance to Palestine Regional Medical Center, according to the report, but his injuries were not believed to be serious.

A telephone message left with a representative of the hospital Thursday morning was not immediately returned.


Paul Stone may be contacted via e-mail at pstone@palestineherald.com

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