Printed on: November 21, 2012

I.F. boy released from SLC hospital

By Ruth Brown
rbrown@postregister.com

A 4-year-old Idaho Falls boy who was struck by a pickup truck Nov. 2 was released from Children's Primary Hospital in Salt Lake City on Tuesday.

Idaho Falls police spokeswoman Joelyn Hansen confirmed the boy's release.

The 4-year-old was struck as he crossed 12th Street when he followed behind his two older brothers and sister, according to previous reports. The boy fell and was struck by the pickup, a witness told police.

According to the police investigation report, the 4-year-old had serious injuries, including facial fractures, broken jaw, open fracture to the right leg, bruised lung, fractured skull and cuts and bruises. The report said the accident was "unavoidable due to the circumstances" of the boy running out in front of the truck. Speed, alcohol and drugs were not believed to be factors in the accident.

The truck's driver did swerve in an attempt to miss the boy, causing the truck to jump the curb and strike a tree at the corner in front of a driveway at 610 12th St., according to the report.

Police refused to release the boy's name, as well as the name of the 23-year-old man driving the pickup truck.

A 9-year-old boy who was struck by a full-size van Nov. 9 also has been released from the hospital. The Idaho Falls boy was struck outside Linden Park Elementary School, where he is a student.

Hansen said the 9-year-old stayed one night in Eastern Idaho Regional Medical Center for observation and was released.

Police also refused to release the name of the 9-year-old.

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