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Boy, 6, critical after struck by car before crossing guard could stop traffic

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A 6-year-old boy was critically injured when he stepped out in front of a moving vehicle Tuesday morning in DeKalb County, officials said.

The boy, whose name has not been released, was heading to school when he was struck at the intersection of Hambrick Road and Central Drive in Stone Mountain, according to DeKalb County police.

The wreck happened shortly before 7 a.m. near Hambrick Elementary School, police spokesman Capt. Steven Fore said.

A school crossing guard was working at the intersection, but was across the street from the child when he was struck, police said.

The traffic had the green light when the crossing guard began to enter the street to stop the traffic so the child could cross, police said.

“The child saw the crossing guard enter the roadway and he immediately began to cross the street and stepped in front of a car,” Capt. Fore said.

The child was struck before the crossing guard had fully entered the roadway, police said.

The child was with a guardian at the time of the accident, police spokeswoman Ms. Mekka Parish said.

The vehicle remained on the scene and at this time no charges are expected to be filed against the driver. The child was transported to Children’s Hospital of Atlanta at Egleston in critical condition.

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