Child hit by truck in Peoria

By WEEK Reporter

May 5, 2014 Updated May 6, 2014 at 3:51 PM CDT

PEORIA, Ill. -- A Peoria boy is hospitalized after he was hit by a truck Monday morning on Northeast Monroe street.

Peoria Police say the boy suffered life threatening injuries as a result of the accident.

The incident happened shortly before 7:30 Monday morning near the 1500 block of Monroe near Mary street.

Police blocked off that stretch while they reconstructed the accident.

"We have witness's statements that say the child was walking northbound on the sidewalk at which time he cut between the bus and a vehicle and ran into the southbound vehicle," said Lt. Steve Roegge, Peoria Police Department.

While authorities say speed was not a factor in the accident, some parents say it is an issue in the neighborhood.

The speed limit on NE Monroe Street is 30 miles per hour but some parents we spoke with say they see drivers going much faster.

In addition, Mary Street is posted as a school zone but NE Monroe Street is not.

One mother says she would like to see a sign posted or at least a crossing guard present during school hours.

"Especially in the morning when kids are walking to school the traffic is high, people are not paying attention they are just driving. I feel they should put speed limits in this area,” said resident Carmen Thomas.

"From Spring Street to Glen Oak it's insane, they speed,” said resident Steve Allender.

Police have reviewed security footage from a nearby CityLink bus.

The truck driver that hit the boy is not being charged.

A District 150 spokesman says counselors are on hand at Lincoln school, where the boy is a fifth grade student.