Tragedy has struck a Fort Smith neighborhood over by Tillis Park. A 13-year-old boy was playing with friends around 5:01 p.m. when an incident call came in, according to Fort Smith PD records. The boy was being chased by a dog or chasing a dog, and was struck by an oncoming driver. The area was fairly congested around this time of the day, according to Fort Smith PD.
Below is a quote from local news station 4029:
Capt. Daniel Grubbs with Fort Smith Police said the boy was transported to Mercy Hospital with a head injury and later died. "Traffic was very congested at that time. We did find a 13-year-old Hispanic male that had been in the park with friends and there was a dog involved, and somehow either was chased or being chased by a dog, he ran across the street in traffic and sadly, a vehicle struck him," Grubbs said. Grubbs said there is no evidence that the driver of the car was impaired or under the influence. "The young man just ran out in traffic and the driver of the vehicle that was going east just had no time to react. The collision occurred. That person has been very cooperative, very obviously shook up, distraught over this incident. There is zero evidence of impairment involved in this case, but we're doing all the tests like we normally do," he said.
Investigators shut down a portion of Grand Avenue between 37th and 39th streets shortly after the incident happened. The Fort Smith Police department has not released the name of the victim but they said that the family was notified.
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