Police: Juvenile darted across traffic, struck by SUV

MT. PLEASANT, SC (WCSC) - Mt. Pleasant police say the juvenile struck by a SUV in front of Moultrie Middle School only suffered minor injuries after darting in front of traffic.

According to Mount Pleasant Police Department incident reports, witnesses told officers the student darted in front of a Chevrolet Tahoe driven by a 58-year-old man around 8 a.m. just past the intersection of Coleman Boulevard and Simmons Street.

Police also said that at the time of the collision, crossing guards were assisting children at the nearby crosswalk, but the juvenile failed to "utilize [their] service."

Officers estimated the man was driving about 20 miles per hour at the time of the collision.

Despite the fact the Mt. Pleasant Fire Department officials had to raise the Tahoe off the ground to free the juvenile, who was trapped, the victim only suffered minor injuries, police said.

Earlier in the day, Charleston County EMS Director Don Lundy told us the juvenile suffered serious injuries.

The juvenile was taken to Medical University of South Carolina for treatment.

The man behind the wheel of the Tahoe was not cited or charged, according to the traffic report.

Editor's note: Another version of this story incorrectly stated the driver of the Tahoe was a teen, because the incident report provided by police listed the man's age as 17.  We have since determined this was incorrect.

Copyright 2013 WCSC. All rights reserved.