EBR first grader struck getting off school bus is in critical condition

A first-grader was critically injured shortly after the Sharon Hills Elementary student got off a school bus in Zion city Wednesday afternoon and was struck by a car.

The 7-year-old boy exited an East Baton Rouge Parish school bus at about 3:45 p.m. on Simplex Street in Zion City, then darted in front of a car headed eastbound on Cadillac Street and was struck, said Cpl. Don Coppola Jr., a Baton Rouge police spokesman.

There are stop signs for traffic on Simplex Street, but not for traffic on Cadillac Street, Coppola said.

A 24-year-old woman driving a 2007 Chevrolet Impala struck the child and she immediately stopped to cooperate with investigators, Coppola said.

She was not cited for a traffic violation, Coppola said, although the incident remains under investigation.

Neither she nor a 28-year-old passenger in the Chevrolet were injured in the crash.

The boy remained in critical condition Wednesday night, Coppola said.