Teenage boy hit by car while crossing Grand Avenue

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By Tami Hoey By Tami Hoey

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- A teenager was rushed to the hospital Monday night after he was struck by a car while crossing the street, carrying his skateboard.

It happened at approximately 6:45 p.m. near the intersection of Grand and Myrtle avenues. Both Glendale police and fire departments responded to several 911 calls reporting the vehicle and pedestrian collision.

Police tell us that the teen boy was crossing from the west side of Grand Ave to the east side near Myrtle Avenue. It's unknown at this time if he was inside of the marked crosswalk.

The teen was originally riding a skateboard, but had reportedly dismounted and was on foot at the time of the accident. Police say he had just entered Grand Ave when he was struck by a southeast-bound vehicle, driven by a 76-year-old female Glendale resident.

The young victim was transported to a local hospital with life-threatening injuries. The driver and sole occupant of the vehicle, a Hyundai sedan, remained on scene. Glendale Police Vehicular Crimes detectives have assumed the investigation.

Preliminary indications are that neither speed nor impairment were factors in this collision.

Firefighters say this serves as a reminder that darkness is falling earlier.

"The seasons are changing. It's getting dark a lot sooner," says Glendale police officer Gilbert Mancilla. "The kids that are walking around, all day long, in the same clothes they were wearing early in the morning. They're not wearing anything reflective. They're not wearing helmets because they were at school. That's something people need to be more conscious of."

"Make sure that you pay attention to your surroundings, and if anything, you need to be in a crosswalk, regardless of how slow traffic may appear. There's always that car that may come out of nowhere," Mancilla continued.

Grand Avenue was closed in both directions from the area of 57th Drive to Orangewood Ave. Myrtle was also closed on both sides of the intersection.