7-year-old boy struck by car near Hoover Middle School

A 7-year-old boy was struck by a car Monday night near Hoover Middle School after he ran into the street to retrieve a soccer ball, Merced police reported.

Fortunately, the boy's injuries weren't life-threatening.

The incident was reported at 8:20 p.m. at East 26th Street and 10th Avenue. The boy was inside his parents' parked car with his older brother, playing with a soccer ball.

Meanwhile, a 20-year-old Merced man was driving a 1997 Mustang eastbound on 26th Street. The boy was throwing the soccer ball toward his brother when it went out the vehicle's window and into the street. The boy went into the street to get the ball and was struck by the Mustang, police said. The parents were by the car when the accident happen.

Police and paramedics came to the scene, and the boy was flown to UC Davis Medical Center. Although the boy appeared to have only suffered a fractured arm, police said he was flown to the hospital as a precaution, especially because it was unknown whether he suffered internal injuries.

DUI wasn't a factor in the crash, and police said the driver of the Mustang wasn't impaired in any way.

Merced police are asking anyone with any information about the accident to contact Sgt. Jay Struble at (209) 385-4739 or the department's automated tip line at (209) 385-4725.

-- Victor A. Patton