Boy hit by car after stepping into street, police say

PORTLAND, Ore. - A 10-year-old boy crossing 82nd Avenue on Thursday morning stepped out into traffic and was hit by a car, police said.

The boy, Peter Chen, was crossing with his family and made it safely to the center median. That's when police said he stepped out into the crosswalk and was hit by a Honda Civic driving down 82nd Avenue.

Witnesses said the crosswalk lights were flashing, indicating to drivers that a pedestrian was crossing, when Chen crossed.

He was badly hurt in the crash. The first officer to arrive started CPR and continued until paramedics arrived.

The boy was then taken to a Portland hospital. A police spokesman said on Thursday afternoon the boy was in critical condition.

The driver of the Honda, a 58-year-old woman, stayed on the scene after the crash and is cooperating with police. Investigators said it doesn't appear that speed or alcohol were factors in the crash.

Police did not issue any citations or make any arrests, although the investigation is not complete.

The crash happened at 82nd and Center Street. Police shut down 82nd Avenue between Powell and Holgate through the early afternoon as they investigated.

Two teens working at a fireworks stand nearby saw the crash happen only several feet from where they were.

"As I turned around, the little boy took two steps into the road and the car hit him and he rolled over the car and then he hit the ground right in front of me," said witness Cindy ReSue.

Another witness, Gabe Kvokov, expressed shock over the incident.

"I can't express how sad I am for that boy," Kvokov said. "I can't express how much agony I have for him. I just pray that he'll be OK."