Teen fights for life after being hit by car

Kenneth Rivera, photo courtesy Kenneth's family.

NORFOLK, Va. (WAVY) – A teenager was seriously injured after being hit by a vehicle in Norfolk Tuesday Morning.

Officer Daniel Hudson with the Norfolk Police Department told WAVY.com the boy was crossing Corprew Avenue at Kenton Avenue when he was struck by a Kia Rio traveling east around 7:55 a.m.

Family members say 13-year-old Kenneth Rivera was walking to Ruffner Academy Middle School and was in front of his home at the time. They say he was hit so hard, he was knocked right out of his shoes.

Rivera’s cousins said they rushed out to the street when they heard the impact.

“We checked on him, his friend was trying to make sure he could respond to us, but he didn’t so I ran back and got his mother and them, and they came and we stood out there and we were still trying to get him to respond,” said Suzette Jones.

Another cousin, Sideera Basker, is trying to process the fact that the boy was badly injured.

“I was crying at first because the lady, it was a nurse here, she told me that he had stopped breathing, so I was crying,” Basker said.

Paramedics transported Rivera to Sentara Norfolk General Hospital with life-threatening injuries and then transferred him to the Children’s Hospital of the King’s Daughters.

Police say the driver has not been charged, but the case remains under investigation.

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