A 13-year-old boy was struck by a car while walking on Richmond Hill Road to his bus stop early Friday, officials say.
The boy struck his head but was OK and declined to undergo medical treatment at the scene, according to police.
The incident occurred at approximately 6:48 a.m. on the south side of Richmond Hill Road between its intersection with Marshall Ridge Road and the railroad trucks.
At the time of the collision, the vehicle was traveling eastbound on Richmond Hill Road while the boy was walking westbound (against traffic, as appropriate), New Canaan Police Lt. Jason Ferraro, the department’s public information officer, said when asked about the incident. Witnesses told NewCanaanite.com that the boy was clipped by a pickup that struck his right shoulder with its side mirror. The boy struck his head in falling down, witnesses said.
No enforcement action was taken and the accident is not under investigation, Ferraro said.
Police, fire and EMS units responded to the incident.
Citing safety concerns, about 70 neighborhood families in December 2018 signed a petition requesting a sidewalk, and the town has taken steps toward completing that project. Plans call for a sidewalk that runs along the south side of Richmond Hill from the exit of Mead Park to Marshall Ridge Road. In January 2019, the town approved a contract for an engineering firm to design it. During that Board of Selectmen meeting, First Selectman Kevin Moynihan said, “It is a dangerous street to try to walk to the train from.”
The status of the project is unclear. Public works officials could not immediately be reached for comment.
The town during the most recent budget season approved $300,000 for sidewalk improvements for this fiscal year, and there’s an earmark for the same amount in each out-year of the continuously updated five-year capital plan.