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Updated: 12:16 p.m. Friday, May 24, 2013 | Posted: 7:49 a.m. Friday, May 24, 2013
By Linzi Sheldon
DAVIDSON, N.C. —
A 16-year-old Hough High School student is in the hospital after he was hit by a pickup truck on his way to school Friday morning. A medical helicopter airlifted the teen, whom Charlotte-Mecklenburg School officials identified as 10th-grader Mason Stuart, to Carolinas Medical Center with life-threatening injuries. Davidson Police said he is in critical condition, but stable. Police said the teen had a skateboard with him but they're trying to figure out whether he was on it or just holding it. They're also looking into whether speed was a factor. They said the truck hit the teen, who was in the crosswalk on Davidson-Concord Road at Robert Walker Road, just after 7 a.m. "I think it's crazy," classmate Tez Mengestu said. "I don't know what to say. I'm still in shock." Stuart's classmates said they're worried about him and about their own safety walking home. "It feels like I might get hit out here, it's so dangerous out here," David Gray said. "Now it makes me feel, like, nervous about it." Neighbor Paula Swift said it puts her on edge too, especially because she's warned her own four children about how busy that road is. "My kids aren't allowed to cross there at all unless they're with us as an adult," she said. Swift said she's thinking of Stuart and plans to push the city for a four-way stop at the intersection or a stoplight. "I feel like something needs to be done to make that intersection safer for everyone," she said. Police said the driver of the truck stopped immediately and called for help. There are no charges against him right now.
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