Officials: Walla Walla boy injured after running into traffic

Raul Meglar suffered non-life threatening injuries when he was hit in a crosswalk Tuesday night.

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WALLA WALLA -- A 12-year-old Walla Walla boy was struck by a sport utility vehicle Tuesday night after he ran into a crosswalk with oncoming traffic approaching, officials said.

Raul Meglar, 12, of Lado Viejo Road, tumbled about 25 feet into the intersection, landing face-down, according to a report from the Walla Walla Police Department. He had a bloody nose, obvious abrasions and a possible hip injury but suffered no life-threatening injuries, the report said. He was taken to Providence St. Mary Medical Center, where details on his condition were not available this morning.

The 1999 Toyota 4Runner that struck him was driven by Lynn Bradford, 50, of Delmont Street.

Bradford told police she had been westbound on West Main Street approaching the intersection at Ninth Avenue around 8:35 p.m. She stopped for a red light, but then proceeded to accelerate when it turned green. Meglar reportedly failed to yield and ran into the crosswalk. A friend who was with him at the time had stopped at the corner and did not proceed with him.

According to the police report, the 4Runner struck Meglar at about 20 mph. Neither Bradford nor passengers in the vehicle were injured in the collision.

Vicki Hillhouse can be reached at vickihillhouse@wwub.com or 526-8321.

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