A mother and her two sons were struck and seriously injured Tuesday while crossing North Tryon Street, police say.
The mother and older son, who is 8, suffered life-threatening injuries, according to a spokesman for Medic. The younger son, who is 4, suffered a number of lacerations and other injuries. All three were taken to Carolinas Medical Center, according to Medic.
The incident happened shortly after 7:30 a.m. in the 2500 block of North Tryon Street, just north of 28th Street. Light rain was falling and it was still about 20 minutes before full daylight.
Police say the woman and her sons tried to cross North Tryon Street in an area without a crosswalk. A tow truck headed outbound hit them. The older boy was thrown into the inbound lanes, where he was struck by a southbound car.
Scott McCall said he was in his truck, waiting to pull out of a Bojangles’ restaurant, when he saw the woman and two boys on the sidewalk on the other side of the street. He said the family waited until traffic was clear, then began crossing.
McCall said he saw them stop in the middle of the road because traffic had increased again. He glanced away for a moment, then heard the impact.
McCall called 911 and then went to check on the victims, telling them to be still while he looked for signs of bleeding.
No charges had been filed, although the woman driving the inbound car was cited for driving with an expired license.
Until Tuesday, the stretch of road where the victims were struck had been relatively safe for pedestrians. No pedestrians had been struck in that block since at least 2005, according to city crash records. Staff writers Cleve R. Wootson Jr., April Bethea and Davie Hinshaw contributed.