BROOK, Ind. (WLFI) - An 8-year-old boy was struck by a car in Newton County on Sunday and sent to the hospital. Witnesses say the child stepped into traffic.
According to the Newton County Sheriff's Office, Newton County EMS and the Brook Fire Department responded to a one-vehicle accident near 301 E. Main St. in Brook, Ind.
Investigators say 28-year-old Jennifer Rahmoeller of Fair Oaks, Ind., was driving a van west on Main, east of Clark Street. Witnesses told investigators that an 8-year-old boy was standing near the intersection of Main and Clark, watching traffic for an open spot in which he could cross.
Witnesses said the boy quickly entered the roadway in an attempt to cross the road, but Rahmoeller did not see the child until seconds before impact.
Rahmoeller reportedly steered to the south in an attempt to avoid the collision, but it was too late and the car struck the child.
The van was able to stop immediately after the impact and the child was treated on the scene for his injuries, and then transported to Jasper County Hospital.
The boy was later airlifted to Riley Hospital for Children in Indianapolis. His condition is unknown at this time.
Investigators say alcohol and drugs were not a factor in the crash.
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