Child hit by car, critically injured in Georgetown Twp.

Ottawa County

GEORGETOWN TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WOOD) — A young girl who was hit by a car in Georgetown Township Thursday afternoon is suffering critical injuries, deputies say.

It happened around 3:50 p.m. on 12th Avenue near Blair Street, just south of Chicago Drive.

Deputies say a 7-year-old girl and her 10-year-old brother were leaving school and walking north on 12th Avenue. A passing train had northbound traffic stopped on 12th Avenue.

Authorities had previously said the girl was 5 years old.

The children crossed through the northbound traffic when they did not see a car turning south from Chicago Drive. The girl was hit by the southbound car. Her brother was not hit by the car.

The victim was taken to Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital and is listed in critical condition.

Deputies spoke with the driver and said they will have more information as the investigation continues. Authorities are urging drivers and anyone walking to be cautious, especially in school zones.

“Make sure that you are checking when you are crossing the road, especially when you have a lane of traffic that is stopped. That doesn’t always mean that the second lane of traffic is going to stop or see you coming through those vehicles,” Lt. Eric Westveer with the Ottawa County Sheriff’s Office said.

Portions of 12th Avenue were closed but have since reopened.

Drugs and alcohol are not believed to be factors.

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