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Local youth hit by vehicle clings to life at UNM Hospital

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By Carol A. Clark

A 12-year-old Los Alamos boy stepped off an Atomic City Transit bus shortly before 6 p.m. Wednesday  and into the path of an oncoming vehicle.

A Chevrolet Avalanche driving in the adjacent lane on San Ildefonso Road at Hawk near Los Alamos Middle School struck the boy, and the impact of the vehicle, driven by an adult male, lifted the youth out of his tennis shoes.

Lt. Chuck Ney said the boy suffered head and other injuries.

He was air lifted to UNM Hospital in Albuquerque, Ney said.

As of Thursday morning, his condition was listed as critical and he was on life support, according to various officials.

The accident is under investigation and it is not known at this time whether the driver will be charged or ticketed, Ney said.

The Monitor will continue to follow developments and more details will be available in Thursday's print edition. Check back here for late-breaking updates.