Boy hit by car at apartment complex still in critical condition - WKRN News 2

Boy hit by car at apartment complex still in critical condition

Posted: Updated: Aug 21, 2013 4:23 PM

A 12-year-old Murfreesboro boy is listed in critical but stable condition after he was struck by a car in the parking lot of the Kingwood Apartments on Tuesday.

Tyler Gregory was airlifted to Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville just after 7 p.m.

Witnesses reported several children were in the parking lot at the time of the accident, and the boy was skateboarding with a friend.

According to a police report, Gregory was struck while laying on the pavement of the apartment complex's parking lot.

Witnesses on scene said the boy had fallen off his skateboard shortly before the car hit him. The driver of the car, Taylor Lowe, has not been charged nor cited in connection with the crash.

She told Nashville's News 2 shortly after she struck the boy that she did not see him in the road.

"I saw one kid coming across on the skateboard and I was being careful because I saw him," she said. "As soon as I rounded the corner I felt a bump and I heard a really atrocious noise."

She continued, "I stopped because I though I hit one of his toys or something, and that is when someone told me there was a child under the car."

Authorities had to extricate Gregory from beneath the vehicle.

Lowe did not have a comment when News 2 went to her apartment Wednesday, but she did ask about Gregory's condition.

Christopher Allen's son is a close friend of Gregory and was outside when he was struck by the car.

"They all play out here all the time. Tyler is just an excellent little kid," he said. "Nobody deserves to have their child hurt like that."

He continued, "We actually helped teach Tyler how to swim this summer. This really hit my son hard."

Allen is planning to have a poster made for the neighborhood kids to sign for Gregory.

He hopes to deliver the poster to Gregory in the hospital this weekend.

Gregory was hit in front of Margaret Dickson's apartment.  She did not see the accident, but the commotion afterward drew her outside.

"I don't know how to put it in words. I've never seen anything like it," she said. "The way that they came in here, put those things under the car and raised that car off that child was something to see."

The investigation remains active and ongoing, according to Murfreesboro police.

In an unrelated wreck on Lascassas Pike Tuesday night, 19-year-old DeVaughn Norwood was hit by a car while walking along the side of the road.

Norwood was also taken to Vanderbilt University Medical Center by LifeFlight.

He is currently listed in stable condition.

The investigation into the crash that injured Norwood is still underway, according to police.

No charges have been filed in that case, either.

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