Pickup hits middle school boy

A pickup truck sits in the middle of U.S. 95 shortly after it struck a 13-year-old boy Thursday morning. A Life Flight helicopter took the boy, who is in critical condition, to Saint Alphonsus Regional Medical Center in Boise. His shoes are visible behind the pickup.

PAYETTE — A 13-year-old boy is in stable condition after being struck by a pickup this morning.

At about 7:30 a.m., Dylan Shropshire, a student at Payette Middle School, was crossing U.S. 95 near its intersection with Sixth Avenue South, Payette Police Chief Mark Clark said.

Clark said Dylan was running to catch a bus when a northbound pickup truck struck him.

"We have information that he was crossing crosswalk to go to the high school to meet a bus to go to the middle school," Clark said.

The pickup was driven by Norm Davis, of Kuna, who, with his 13-year-old granddaughter from Meridian, was on his way to Weiser.

Clark said Dylan's head went through the pickup's windshield, and he was thrown into the road. A Life Flight helicopter took him to Saint Alphonsus Regional Medical Center in Boise. He was in critical condition.

The initial on-scene assessment indicated Dylan had suffered facial lacerations and possible internal injuries, Clark said.

"We heard he was talking to medical staff after he was Life Flighted," Clark said.

Pauline King, superintendent of the Payette School District, said this afternoon that Dylan is in stable condition. She did not have additional details.

It was dark when the accident occurred, but witnesses have confirmed that the crosswalk lights were flashing. Dylan, who is taller than 6 feet, was in the crosswalk at the time of the accident.

Idaho State Police's crash reconstruction team is assisting with the investigation. Clark said initial reports do not indicate that speed was a factor. The posted speed limit is 35 mph.

Alcohol likewise was not a factor, Clark said.

Once the investigation concludes, Payette Police and the Payette County Attorney's Office will weigh whether any charges will be issued.

U.S. 95 was closed for about a block in either direction for three hours.

King said McCain Middle School will have counselors on hand Friday for any students who want to talk to someone.

Administrators at the middle school and Payette High School are answering students' questions to the best of their ability, she added.

“This is a difficult time,” King said.

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