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Boy in intensive care after being hit by car

August 28, 2009|By ERIN JULIUS

SAINT JAMES -- An 8-year-old boy struck by a car Thursday night on Jordan Road was in an intensive care unit Friday after a lengthy surgery and several blood transfusions, Washington County Sheriff's Deputy Michael Thompson said Friday night.

The boy is a third-grader at Fountain Rock Elementary School, not far from where the accident occurred, a school official confirmed Friday night.

A spokeswoman at Children's National Medical Center in Washington, D.C., said Friday night she had no additional information about the boy's condition and could not confirm he was a patient at the hospital, where he was flown by helicopter after the accident.

A letter was sent home with Fountain Rock students Friday, explaining to parents what happened to one of the school's students, Washington County Public Schools spokesman Richard Wright said.

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Wright had not seen the letter himself, but was aware the school's principal, Mike Telemeco, had sent it home with students, he said.

A crisis team of counselors and trained staff members were available to students Friday, Wright said. The team would be available again Monday if the principal decided it was necessary, Wright said.

Telemeco was unavailable Friday night for comment.

The boy suffered compound fractures to both legs and a head injury when he was struck by a car at about 7 p.m. Thursday while riding a bicycle in front of 9045 Jordan Road.

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