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December 04. 2013 11:33PM

Newton boy badly hurt when struck by SUV while walking

NEWTON — A 12-year-old boy remains hospitalized with serious injuries today after he was struck by a vehicle while walking back to his home on Maple Avenue Tuesday night.

Anthony Lebel is listed in serious condition in the intensive care unit at Boston Children’s Hospital, a hospital spokesman said Wednesday morning.

Police Chief Larry Streeter said the boy was seriously injured in the accident that happened just a short distance from his home at 14 Maple Ave.

Anthony and his 8-year-old brother were returning after walking their friend’s dog home when the accident occurred just before 5 p.m., Streeter said.

The brothers brought the dog to its home down the road after it had wandered into their yard. They were walking east on Maple Avenue when the younger brother heard a Jeep Grand Cherokee coming toward them, Streeter said.

The brother jumped out of the way because he thought the vehicle was too close and that he might get hit by the passenger’s side mirror, Streeter said.

Anthony, who was closest to the road, didn’t see the Jeep and was struck, Streeter said.

He was thrown about three feet and lost his left shoe from the impact, Streeter said.

The driver, identified as Kevin Medeiros of Newton, stopped several feet away in the driveway of the boys’ home.

Medeiros, who lives at 43 Maple Ave., told police he didn’t see the boys, Streeter said.

Streeter said the cause of the accident remains under investigation.

Streeter said Anthony suffered what appeared to be a “significant laceration” to the back of his head and may have broken bones, Streeter said.

The younger brother wasn’t hurt.Mike Pivero, the town’s road agent who also lives on Maple Avenue and is a friend of the Lebel family, said he arrived just after the accident. He said Anthony remained conscious while rescue personnel treated him at the scene.

“He was in a lot of pain,” he said.

Pivero described Anthony as a “great kid.”

To reduce the risk of injury from passing motorists, Streeter urged pedestrians to walk against the flow of traffic so they can see vehicles coming toward them.

“Obviously they need to be cognizant of the motor vehicle traffic. The roads in a lot of these communities are narrow and curvy and nothing but old cow paths,” he said.

jschreiber@newstote.com


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