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6-year-old boy hit by car in Longview

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LONGVIEW, WA (KPTV) -

A young boy is being treated for a broken leg at OHSU in Portland after he was hit by a car in Longview.

The boy's father, Jose Cabrera, told FOX 12 his 6-year-old son, Joseph, is in good spirits following surgery to fix the break.

"He's a pretty tough guy," said Cabrera. "He's doing real good."

Cabrera said his son was crossing the street in front of their apartment to go play at a park across the street when he was hit Saturday evening.

Police said the vehicle was traveling 20-miles-per-hour at the time of the accident.

"Everything just happened so fast," said Cabrera. "I was looking some other way and all I know is I heard the hit and my son crying. So I just ran up to him."

Paramedics rushed Joseph to the hospital and his father is thankful it wasn't worse.

"He could have been killed if it was a bigger car but since it was a small car it just hit his leg and bounced off."

Cabrera and police want to warn other parents to keep a close eye on their kids playing outside.

Longview police said each year in the United States approximately 5,000 people die from being hit by cars. According to the US Department of Transportation crash involvement rates are the highest for 5- to 9-year-old males, who tend to dart out into the street.

"Just pay more attention to your kids sometimes you think stuff like this won't happen ever but it can," said Cabrera.

The Longview Police Department is investigating the accident and the driver, who stayed at the scene and is cooperating, has not been cited.

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