Boy Hit by Car Near Bethesda School Bus Stop in Critical Condition

"I heard a really loud bang, and then I heard a kid scream. It was a frantic scream"

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A 7-year-old boy is hospitalized in critical condition after a car struck him near a school bus stop Wednesday in Bethesda, Maryland, police say.

The boy was standing at the corner of King Charles Way and Grosvenor Lane with his father and 18-month-old brother waiting on a Montgomery County school bus about 8:20 a.m. when a gold Honda Accord going westbound on King Charles Way ran off the road and struck them, police said.

Medics took the 7-year-old boy and his father to the hospital. The boy suffered life-threatening injuries, and his dad had minor injuries, police said.

The toddler, who was in a stroller, was unharmed, police said.

Witnesses described a horrific scene. The driver offered an apology in a brief interview with News4.

“I lost control, and it was out of my control,” the man said. […] I’m very, very sorry.” 

Exactly what caused the crash was unclear. The driver was not immediately charged. 

A resident said he heard the crash. 

“I heard a really loud bang, and then I heard a kid scream. It was a frantic scream — very bad scream. My windows were closed and I could still hear the kid screaming,” Homi Erani said.

Resident Allen Hassani said he heard a loud bang as he headed to work, went to help and called 911. He said he saw the boy unconscious.

“Horrible, horrible morning,” he said. “I don’t want to cry.” 

Witnesses said the driver was heading out of a townhouse community when he jumped a curb, drove over plants and careened into a grassy area where children were waiting for their bus. The car then crossed Grosvenor Lane, jumped another curb, hit a sign and crashed into a bush. 

A Montgomery County Public Schools bus remained on the scene after the crash, as well as the driver and his gold sedan.

Montgomery County police said its crash reconstruction unit was investigating and they want anyone with information about what happened to call 240-773-6620.

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