LINCOLN PLACE (KDKA) – A 9-year-old boy was injured when he was hit by a car in Lincoln Place Wednesday morning.
The child was taken to Children’s Hospital in critical condition but has since been upgraded to stable.
The accident happened around 8:30 a.m. near the intersection of Mifflin Road and Hillburn Street.
Johnathon Pineda, 9, was waiting to catch the school bus, when he was hit by an SUV. It happened as Pineda was crossing the street with two friends, but they did not wait for a red light.
“He just heard the squealing of the brakes and Jonathan getting hit and his friend laying on the ground,” Darla Pryle said.
“I saw him laying for a second, but then me and [another boy] went to get my mom and I called 911,” Austin Davis said.
The boys also alerted Pineda’s father.
When Timothy Parker got to the intersection, his son was already loaded into the ambulance.
“He’s doing fine. He’s in stable condition. His leg is broken, that’s all I can really tell you right now,” Parker said.
Parker said his son will have surgery on his leg and will be in the hospital for a couple of days, but he is just thankful Johnathon is alive.
“He [doesn’t] remember. All he is saying is my name is Johnathon and I’m strong,” Parker said.
As for other parents in the neighborhood, they want the crash to serve as a real wake up call.
“We were trying to get a guard down here all this time because the people don’t stop for the bus. They fly up and down the street and they don’t care. Maybe now since a little kid walking to school got hit, we will get a crossing guard for the kids because we need something,” Pryle said.
The driver of the SUV stopped immediately after the accident. Police have not said whether any charges will be filed.