Child, 12, critically injured after struck by vehicle on SE side

Driver cooperating with police

INDIANAPOLIS - A 12-year-old child who was struck by a vehicle on Indianapolis' southeast side Friday evening suffered severe head trauma, police said.

The crash happened near the intersection of Shortridge Road and Southeastern Avenue just after 9 p.m. Investigators believe the child, whose identity was not released, had been riding a bike.

The child was found unconscious when police arrived and underwent surgery Friday night after being taken to Riley Hospital for Children in critical condition.

Originally, officers told RTV6 the child lost a leg due to the accident.

"Physicians were unable to save one of the legs injured during the accident," said Christopher Wilburn, Indianapolis police public information officer.

However, Saturday afternoon, IMPD said physicians at Riley have told IMPD they are doing "everything they can to save the child's leg."

The driver of the vehicle stayed at the scene after the crash and was cooperating with police. She had stopped because she thought she might have hit something, police said.

"The driver of the striking vehicle consented to a blood draw, per Indiana statute," Wilburn said Saturday morning.

The speed and direction of travel for both parties involved was under investigation, Wilburn said.

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