10-year-old struck by car in Crescent Springs, police say

Published: Jul. 2, 2021 at 10:42 PM EDT|Updated: Jul. 3, 2021 at 10:59 AM EDT
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KENTON COUNTY, KY (WXIX) -A 10-year-old was hit by a driver in Crescent Springs Friday night, Villa Hills police said.

Officers say the 10-year-old and his mom left their apartment on Buttermilk Pike to go a nearby store. As they were walking on the sidewalk, the child heard a bunch of fireworks coming from an unknown location behind St. Joseph School.

The child ran toward the fireworks and entered the eastbound lanes of Buttermilk Pike. Police then say the mother told them that she tried to stop him from running into traffic, but was unable to because her son ran too fast.

Police say he ran directly into traffic was hit by an oncoming 2019 Infiniti QX40, driven by 31-year-old Kristen Lottman of Villa Hills.

Investigators say around 9:40 p.m. Lottman was driving eastbound on Buttermilk Pike in the right lane when the 10-year-old ran into her lane without any notice.

Lottman immediately stopped and she is cooperating with investigators.

Police say speed, distraction and intoxicants do not appear to be factors in the accident.

The child was taken to Cincinnati Children’s Hospital for medical treatment. Police say he has potentially life-threatening injuries.

Lottman and the passenger were not injured.

The Villa Hills Police Department Accident Reconstruction Unit and the Kenton County Police Department’s Serious Traffic Accident Reconstruction Team (STAR) are investigating this.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Sergeant Matthew Hall at 859-341-3535.

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