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Boy struck by car in MD

ANNE ARUNDEL CO. , Md. (WUSA9) -- An 8-year-old Maryland boy is in the hospital with very serious injuries after being hit by a car.

It happened around 4:00 Sunday afternoon on Old Line Avenue near Wye Mills South Road, near Laurel in Anne Arundel County.

TJ Healy a witness described that: "We were in the house and I heard a thud and I knew right away what it was. My kids had been playing in the front yard with the boy who was hit."

TJ Healy thought for a second it was one of his children who got hit, when he came running out of the house.

"I saw my kids and I was somewhat relieved, I went to him and I did what I could," Healy said.

Witnesses say, a white truck parked on the side was a blind spot both for the driver and the boy. Healy says the boy was dragged several yards away and suffered broken bones and a head injury.

Tammy Leith, the boy's neighbor described the incident as "devastating."

Healy says the boys were playing soccer when the 8-year-old went across the street to see a friend and then turned back to cross the road again when the car hit him.

"He helped me pick up leaves in the backyard 10 minutes before it happened. It happened all of sudden. One moment he's playing the next moment he's lying in the middle of the street," Healy said.

The boy was flown to Children's National Medical Center in DC.

The driver stayed on the scene.

While Police say it doesn't appear speed was a factor, residents say drivers, in general, need to slow down.

" As a mother with kids, people need to slow down in the neighborhood" said Leith.