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12-Year-Old in Critical Condition After Being Hit by Car in Des Moines

DES MOINES, Iowa -- Des Moines police are investigating a crash Friday afternoon that sent a 12-year-old boy to the hospital in critical condition.

The crash happened along SW 9th Street near Spring Street at 4:05 p.m. The boy was struck by a southbound Dodge Caliber driven by 44-year-old St. Charles resident Steven James.

According to witness reports, the child was walking southbound on the west sidewalk when he unexpectedly ran into SW 9th Street. Police said witnesses told them there was little the driver could do to avoid the crash. James remained on scene until officers arrived.

The boy was transported to Blank Children's Hospital and remains in critical condition.

Police said there is no evidence James was driving impaired or excessively speeding. Police also ruled out distracted driving as a contributing factor.

The investigation is ongoing.

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