7-year-old boy dies after being hit by car in DeKalb

Credit: Channel 2 Action News

Credit: Channel 2 Action News

A 7-year-old boy died at the hospital Tuesday after being hit by a car in DeKalb County, police told AJC.com.

The child, who was hit near North Decatur Road at about 3 p.m., was taken to Children's Healthcare of Atlanta at Egleston in critical condition, DeKalb police spokeswoman Shiera Campbell said.

Police told Channel 2 Action News that the child was walking and attempted to cross four lanes of traffic near a crest in the road, which may have prevented the driver from seeing him. Campbell confirmed there is no crosswalk at that location.

The driver of a Nissan SUV who hit the child remained on the scene, Campbell said. Police haven’t determined if there will be any charges filed, Channel 2 reported.

The child attended Dunaire Elementary School on South Indian Creek Drive in Stone Mountain, and Channel 2 reported the school will make grief counselors available Wednesday.

The Dekalb County School District sent AJC.com a statement regarding the incident that said:

“We are heartbroken that one of our students, a 7-year-old just beginning his life, passed tragically this evening. Our thoughts are with his family and the Dunaire Elementary community during this difficult time. We will offer support to students and staff in the coming days, and will stand with them in support.”

North Decatur Road was closed for a brief time during the investigation but has since reopened.

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