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Student hit by truck on Whitemarsh Island


A 14-year-old boy is in serious but stable condition after being hit by a truck while walking home from school Wednesday.

Ryan Eston, of the 300 block of Mapmaker Ln., was transported to Memorial University Medical Center after he was hit on the 400 block just after 4 p.m.  

Officers with the Major Accident Investigation Team of the Savannah-Chatham Metropolitan Police Department say Eston was crossing the street from the south and looked west but not east when he crossed the street. 

"We had a preteen crossing the road and somehow got in front of a small pickup truck driving through," said Savannah Chatham Metro Police Public Information Officer Julian Miller.

Police say Duoc Van Nguyen, 25, of Landward Way, was driving the gray Ford Ranger westbound.

Neighbors are now speaking out about the dangerous conditions on their block near Marshpoint Elementary and Coastal Middle School.

"I am not surprised it hasn't happened sooner because we are so close to the elementary school and middle school and parents drop their children off," said Angela, Mapmaker Ln. resident. "The children will walk right behind your car when you are moving. It is a really volatile and dangerous situation on this street."

Neighbors say they see it all the time, children running in front of cars like it is a game. Wednesday was no different.

"They say it appeared he was playing chicken with the cars, which we have seen children in the neighborhood do, unfortunately," said Angela.

Residents hope the school board will warn parents that Mapmaker Ln. is not a drop off or pick up point before another child is hurt.

"I have almost run over a child," said Angela. "My neighbor has almost run over a child. It is a very dangerous situation in these two blocks from this school and we have all seen children running in front of cars and laughing. They think it's a game and it's not as you see. Now this child is injured."

MAIT is continuing to investigate.

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