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Student struck by vehicle
Eighth-grader remains in Atlanta hospital
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Forsyth County News

A middle school student remained hospitalized Thursday, two days after he was struck by a vehicle while trying to cross Sawnee Drive.

Forsyth County Schools spokeswoman Jennifer Caracciolo said the boy, whose name and age have not been released, is in the eighth grade at Otwell Middle School

She did not know his condition, only that he was at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta at Scottish Rite.

Forsyth County Fire Capt. Jason Shivers said the boy suffered leg, abdomen and head injuries. He was conscious and talking when emergency personnel arrived.

The incident occurred after school Tuesday at an intramural soccer game. Otwell Principal Steve Miller sent a letter home to parents Wednesday informing them of the situation.

“The student had left the field adjacent to Cumming Elementary School without an adult’s permission and crossed Sawnee Drive to use the facilities at the corner gas station,” the letter said.

School counselors have been made available to students and will continue to work with them throughout the week, the letter said.

Cumming police also responded to the incident, which happened about 6:40 p.m.

According to a police report, the student and two other people were attempting to cross Sawnee, 150 feet west of the crosswalk.

The other two people stopped while the student continued out into traffic, where he was struck by a 1998 Toyota Corolla.

It still was not clear Thursday what, if any, charges would be brought against the driver, a 29-year-old Cumming resident.