UPDATE: Unlicensed teen driver struck child in Anchorage, mother knew he was driving without one, APD says

Published: May. 14, 2019 at 8:07 PM AKDT
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5/15 Update:

The day after a vehicle hit a child in Anchorage, police in the city are specifying more about the driver and what happened.

The driver was a teenager without a license, according to Renee Oistad, spokesperson with APD. Oistad said the teen was driving southbound on Oklahoma Street when "an elementary school student ran out into the street. The driver attempted to stop in time but was unable to avoid the collision."

The child hit was taken to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. When APD went to the teen's home, officers say the mother knew he didn't have a license and let him drive.

"Officers made contact with the driver’s mother at their home. The mother admitted that she knew her son did not have a license and that she was allowing him to drive," Oistad wrote.

Both the driver as well as his mother were cited for No Valid Operator’s License.

Original Story:

A vehicle struck a child Tuesday afternoon near an Anchorage elementary school.

Anchorage police say they responded to the intersection of E. 6th Avenue and Oklahoma Street at 3:38 p.m. after receiving reports of a vehicle striking a pedestrian.

Anchorage Police Dept. spokesperson Renee Oistad said the pedestrian was a grade school-age person who was taken to the hospital. The victim's condition was not known Tuesday evening.

The location where the incident happened is near Creekside Park Elementary School.

Oistad said the driver of the vehicle remained on the scene and that more information would be released Wednesday when the report on the incident would be available.

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