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Child, dad hit outside Falling Creek Elementary

Posted at 10:20 AM, May 23, 2016
and last updated 2016-05-23 18:36:13-04

CHESTERFIELD COUNTY, Va. -- A four-year-old boy and his dad were injured when they were hit by a county van in the parking lot outside Falling Creek Elementary School in Chesterfield, according to police on scene.

A Chesterfield County public school maintenance worker, in a county van, backed into the dad and son, according to Chesterfield Police JD Sawyer. The driver was charged with improper backing.

The injuries suffered by the father and son were described as non-life threatening, according to Chesterfield Fire and EMS spokesman Lt. Jason Elmore. They suffered abrasions and were taken to the hospital for treatment, police said.

“What happened across the street at the elementary school brought back the memories of how quickly life can go,” said Winston Savage who lives across the street from the school.

Savage was nearly hit himself last week feet from the school.

“When I saw him coming towards me I had to pick up my dog and run,” said Savage.

Tire tracks from the incident are still fresh in his front yard as he talks about how lucky he feels.

“Drivers got to make sure that pedestrians are away from their car, especially in a school zone. You got to be extra careful kids are not walking around,” said Savage.
“The people across the street were blessed there wasn’t a fatality. My dog and myself were also blessed,” added Savage.

Police blamed the accident on the rain, the van driver not paying attention, and family not crossing at the correct spot.

Falling Creek Elementary School is located on 4800 Hopkins Road.

Chesterfield County Public School officials said they were not able to comment on personnel matters.