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Boy struck crossing street in Bartow County

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A 12-year-old was hit and seriously injured by a vehicle just moments after stepping off a school bus in Bartow County on Wednesday.

It happened on Euharlee Road near the Price Mobile Home Park. Davvionta Banks was struck by a minivan after he crossed the street to check the mail.

"I got up there and he was just laying there in the road…I thought he was already gone because when they picked him up and put him on the stretcher, it was like he was not moving," said Daniel Martin.

The sixth-grader was taken to Children's Healthcare of Atlanta at Egleston, where he remained in the intensive care unit with severe injuries on Thursday.

Neighbors said that the speed limit on the busy road is 45 mph, but drivers tend to go faster.  The speeding drivers and the mailboxes on the opposite side of the highway has been a problem for years, according to neighbors.

"You're checking your mail and you are also checking the traffic -- it's dangerous," said James Doyal.

Police said that the accident remains under investigation. So far, the driver of the minivan is not facing any charges.

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