INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) - For the second time in less than 24 hours, a child was rushed to the hospital in critical condition after getting hit by a car.
Officers with IMPD responded to the city's north side Saturday afternoon to the scene of a teenager who had been struck.
The accident happened in the area of E. 30th St. and Fall Creek Parkway N. Dr. shortly after 3 p.m.
Witnesses say the 15-year-old boy was unconscious. He was taken to Riley Hospital for Children at IU Health. Police say they don't believe he was wearing a helmet.
Family members say the 15-year was in critical condition in an induced coma with serious head injuries, a broken leg, and a broken collar bone.
"Typically when somebody has that type of head trauma they aren't wearing protective equipment which is, if there's a lesson to be learned here, it's that those pieces of equipment can help you if you're in an accident like this," said Officer Christopher Wilburn with IMPD.
The driver of the car had the green light and swerved to avoid the child, but hit him. Police say the driver stopped, and cooperated with officers on the scene and was understandably shaken up.
Fall Creek at 30th was closed until shortly after 6 p.m.
The accident Saturday was similar to one less than a day before on the city's southeast side, where a 12-year-old was hit by a car while riding his bike.
Police say they don't believe either child was wearing a helmet. Doctors were working Saturday to save the leg of the 12-year-old hurt Friday night.
A winter weather advisory was issued for Wayne, Union, Switzerland, Ripley, Ohio, Franklin, Fayette and Dearborn counties on Saturday night.
IMPD officials say a 3-year-old boy has died after he was shot in the head Saturday evening.
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