WICHITA, Kan. (KSNW) – A 10-year-old boy was injured after being hit by a car Wednesday in Maize.

It happened before 7:30 a.m. at 45th Street and James Avenue. That is between Maize Road and 119th Street West.

Maize Police Chief Jeff Weible said the child was in the crosswalk when he was hit.

The lights on a crosswalk at 45th North and James in Maize. (KSN News Photo)
The lights on a crosswalk at 45th North and James in Maize. (KSN News Photo)

“Preliminarily, that’s what the witnesses are indicating — that the crosswalk was activated, and he was traveling northbound across the street, and the vehicle that struck him was traveling westbound,” Weible said.

The driver stopped at the scene and is cooperating with authorities.

The boy was taken to the hospital with serious injuries.

Weible does not know if the car was speeding because it is still very early in the investigation.

“Anytime we’re working an injury accident, it’s horrible, especially when it involves a child,” he said. “What I would advise our youth is to look both ways, cross at crosswalks and corners, and wait for the activation of the signals, and I would advise drivers to pay attention early in the morning because we have a lot of school traffic.”

According to the Maize School District, the crosswalk is on a City of Maize street and not on district property.

“We have crossing guards at crosswalks adjacent to our schools and/or on district property. Counseling resources are always available to our students throughout the school day. Our hearts and prayers go out to all involved,” said USD 266.