Boy struck by vehicle

An 8-year-old boy was flown to UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital Oakland after being struck by a car in Brentwood, Calif., Tuesday, Nov. 5, 2019. The accident occurred in the intersection of Lone Tree Way and O'Hara Avenue, and Brentwood police are investigating the cause. (Tony Kukulich/The Press)

An 8-year-old boy struck by a car in the intersection of Lone Tree Way and O’Hara Avenue was flown from the accident scene to a trauma center Tuesday evening, Nov. 5.

A press release issued by the Brentwood Police Departments (BPD) stated the boy was headed south on O’Hara Avenue when he entered the intersection against a red light where a Toyota Prius traveling at approximately 30 mph struck him.

Though the boy’s injuries were described as minor, he complained of abdominal pain to paramedics and firefighters who responded to the incident. East Contra Costa Fire Protection District Battalion Chief Jake Gonzalez said there were concerns about head and neck injuries as it did not appear the boy wore a helmet, and a witness reported that the boy lost consciousness after being struck. Gonzalez said the victim was alert and communicating with responders as they prepared him for the flight to UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital Oakland – a move described as precautionary. The BPD stated that the boy is expected to make a full recovery.

The incident was reported at 5:49 p.m. Evening rush-hour traffic was snarled as travel through the busy intersection was partially blocked while police activity was ongoing.

After being treated at the accident location, the boy was taken a short distance to the Freedom Basin on O’Hara Avenue in Oakley and transferred to a Contra Costa County Fire Protection District helicopter for the flight to Oakland.

The driver, a 40-year-old Brentwood resident, remained on scene and cooperated fully with the police investigation. Neither drugs or alcohol is believed to have been a factor in the accident, and the driver was not detained by police.

The BPD is investigating the accident, and anyone with any information regarding the collision is asked to contact the department at 925-809-7911.