COLUMBUS – A Columbus middle school student was airlifted to Indianapolis Monday morning after being hit by a pickup truck.
The 13-year-old student was identified as Jalen Lee, according to the Columbus Police Department. Police said it appeared the teen was crossing Marr Road at Hollowell just after 7 a.m. when he walked into the path of a pickup truck that was heading northbound.
The 2006 Dodge truck couldn’t avoid the teen. Lee was taken to Columbus Regional Hospital before being airlifted to Riley Hospital for Children at IU Health. Police believe dark conditions and rainy weather played a role in the accident.
Investigators said Lee was walking to Columbus East High School to catch a bus to Central Middle School.
The driver of the truck has not been cited in connection with the accident.
Police said the incident should serve as a reminder for drivers to be extra cautious around schools, especially because the weekend time change means darker conditions in the morning hours.