Boy struck by car while trick or treating

November 1, 2013

Alexandria police said a car hit an 8-year-old boy while he was out trick-or-treating Halloween night.

Ashley Hildebrandt, an Alexandria police spokeswoman, said Friday she could not confirm the severity of the boy’s injuries.

The incident happened around 7 p.m., police said, when the boy was trick-or-treating with a 15-year-old. The boy “crossed in front of a car and was struck” at the corner of Russell Road and Aspen Street, according to Hildebrandt.

Police said they do not yet know if the car had stopped at the intersection or was driving straight through it. The investigation is continuing.

Police also could not say whether the two boys were related.

“The driver did stop and ask if he was okay, and people around said, ‘Yeah, we think we’re good,’ ” Hildebrandt said, citing witness accounts.

She said the driver called police and reported the incident at the time it occurred. The boy was taken to a local hospital.

Police said there are no charges at this time against the driver.

“He did everything he was supposed to do,” Hildebrandt said. “He stayed on the scene and he had reported it.”

Dana Hedgpeth is the Washington Post’s lead reporter in covering the Metro rail and bus systems in the D.C. region and the Washington Metropolitan Transit Authority (WMATA) that runs them.
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