13-Year-Old Dublin Boy Struck by a Car Expected to Recover

Boy’s mother hoping for him to return to school after spring break.

Editor's Note: Updated as of 3:52 p.m.

A 13-year-old Dublin boy who was Wednesday afternoon at Amador Valley Boulevard near Wildwood Drive is expected to recover,  according to Lt. Steve Brown of Dublin Police.

Brown says the boy, a student at Wells Middle School, has a broken femur.

The accident happened around 4:20 p.m., and the boy was taken by Life Flight to Children's Hospital in Oakland.

Ann Gursky, the principal’s secretary at Wells Middle School, said the student is “doing well.”

“The kids are all making cards for him and his mom told us she hopes he will be back after spring break,” said Gursky. “He is a wonderful kid. A very sweet child.”

Amador Valley Boulevard and Wildwood is considered an “uncontrolled intersection” and has not had an excessive number of collisions, according to Brown.

A reader called “Grey” commented on the collision.

“My car was the car in the left turn lane when this accident occurred. I was 'stopped' in the left turn lane for a reason. All of the crosswalk lights were flashing as this boy crossed the street. People need to pay more attention as this is a busy intersection with many children crossing. I am so glad he is okay...I was worried. A personal thank you to the woman who came to help from the apt. complex. She comforted the boy which allowed me to stay on the phone with 911. She was amazing...”

Linda Smith, the City of Dublin Public Information Officer, says she cannot comment whether or not the lights in the crosswalk were flashing at the time of the accident because an investigation is still underway.

"The flashing crosswalk was originally part of the 'Bikeways Master Plan' in 2007, which can be found on the city website, but this intersection's was not installed until 2009," she said. "They were installed because there is a bike path there, and the crosswalk allows the bicyclists to cross more safely."

Dublin Police Services is still investigating the collision.

Jon Norwood April 05, 2012 at 05:07 AM
I've seen too many close calls and have almost been hit myself when walking my dog. Slow down and get off the phone - DPD also needs to enforce failure to yield to pedestrians aggressively.
DanglingParticiple April 05, 2012 at 08:40 AM
I lived on Amador Valley Blvd for more than 10 years. I finally moved after I narrowly missed being hit by a car while in a crosswalk.
Lynette Dohse April 06, 2012 at 04:46 AM
So I'm just wondering what the driver was doing, where was he looking. It's kind of hard to "miss" a 13 yr old boy crossing the street, unless you are not looking where you are supposed to be looking. You are looking down instead, and the only reason to be looking down is because you are texting. Highly illegal, and this is why!!!


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