Boy, 6, struck by car in DeKalb

A 6-year-old boy was critically injured Tuesday morning when he was hit by a car in DeKalb County.

The incident happened just before 7 a.m. at the intersection of Hambrick Road and Central Drive near Stone Mountain.

There is a school crossing guard at the intersection, but a "preliminary investigation suggests the child was on the opposite side of the street from the school crossing guard," DeKalb police Capt. Stephen Fore said in an email.

"Traffic on Hambrick Road was traveling on a green light," Fore said. "The school crossing guard began to enter the intersection to stop traffic. The child, anticipating the crossing, stepped into the roadway and was struck by a vehicle before the crossing guard had fully entered the roadway, stopped traffic and signaled for the child to cross."

Fore said the child, whose name has not been released, was with a guardian at the time of the accident. The boy was taken to Children's Healthcare of Atlanta at Egleston in critical condition.

The driver remained at the scene, Fore said.

"At this time, no charges are anticipated," he said.

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