2 boys hit by cars in separate crashes while sledding, one killed

BROKEN ARROW, Okla. — A 12-year-old boy has died after a sledding accident.

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The child, who was not identified, was sledding Thursday down a hill in Broken Arrow, Oklahoma. He slid into a road and was hit by a truck, KOKI reported.

The truck did not stop.

The boy was treated at the scene for his injuries before he was taken to a hospital, where he died, KOKI reported.

The driver of the truck has still not been found, police said on Facebook.

***UPDATE 02/04/2022 0815HRS*** The juvenile sledder who was struck by the hit and run driver has passed away. The...

Posted by Broken Arrow Police Department on Thursday, February 3, 2022

A second boy was also hurt while sledding in a separate area of Broken Arrow.

He was dragged by a vehicle when he was hit. The boy had minor injuries.

In this case, the driver stopped.

The second incident happened about 40 minutes after the first one, Broken Arrow police said on social media.

The National Safety Council said that more than 20,000 kids under the age of 19 are treated for sledding injuries every year. Most of the time, the injuries are caused when a sled hits a stationary object or when the rider falls off.

To prevent injuries, the NSC gives the following suggestions:

  • Make sure equipment is in good condition.
  • Sled on areas with enough room that slope gently, and have a level runoff at the end to safely stop.
  • Look for bare spots, holes, and obstructions like fences, rocks, poles or trees.
  • Dress for the weather — wear thick gloves or mittens and heavy boots.

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