As students were arriving to school just before 8 a.m. Wednesday, a vehicle in front of Greenbrier Eastside Elementary School struck a 9-year-old student.

Principal Jeana Williams said the third-grade student appeared to be in stable condition and was taken by ambulance to Arkansas Children’s Hospital in Little Rock.

"We are saddened by the accident that occurred this morning on Glenn Lane in front of Eastside Elementary School when a third grade student was hit by a passing automobile," she said in a statement.

Greenbrier Police Department (GPD) Lt. Rick Woody said the driver of the vehicle was on his way to work when the 9-year-old boy ran out in front of the vehicle. The vehicle was not speeding, he said.

A witness said she saw the boy’s mother "tell her son that he could go, then tell him to come back."

"I was the first car turning out of Eastside," Brandy Lee-Pinkerton said. "It’s every parent’s worst nightmare. The driver was able tostop in a car’s length and was truly beside himself."

The child will be kept at Arkansas Children’s Hospital overnight for further evaluation. Woody spoke with the child’s father and reported the 9 year old did not suffer from any broken bones but had some cuts and bruises.

"The Greenbrier School District remains committed to the safety of all our children," Williams said in her statement Wednesday. "We also encourage patrons to be mindful of children during school hours."

Because the incident is still being investigated, the GPD did not release further details.

The Log Cabin Democrat will continue following this story as more information becomes available.

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