A toddler was struck by a vehicle when he wandered into the street in the 600 block of West Main the afternoon of Thursday, May 26, according to Police Chief Scott Reinbolt.
The child was struck by a pick-up truck traveling eastbound on West Main Street.
Reinbolt said that, according to witnesses, “the driver of the truck was able to take evasion action prior to striking the child which greatly reduced the severity of the child’s injuries.” The child was transported by ambulance to Clinton Memorial Hospital with bruises and scrapes.
“West Main Street is a state route (State Route 123) which accommodates a large volume of vehicular traffic,” Reinbolt said. “The investigation revealed that the child’s mother was parked in the parking lot of a doctor’s office at 627 West Main Street and was searching for a lost item inside her car when the child darted into traffic. The street is about 15 feet from the location of her car.”
The driver of the truck, Thomas Romans, 28, of Blanchester was not injured, nor was the passenger in his truck, Reinbolt said.
No one was cited in the crash, and no citations nor charges are anticipated, Reinbolt said.
“This stretch of West Main Street has been the scene of a great number of crashes over the past several years, two of which were fatalities, one of which involved a pedestrian,” Reinbolt said.