A 4-year-old boy was struck by an SUV and injured as he darted across East Second Avenue on Tuesday, next to the old Durango Public Library.
Several people witnessed the accident and provided testimony to police. The woman who was driving the GMC Yukon that hit the child was not cited.
A spokesman for Mercy Regional Medical Center said the boy, Cyrus Holt, was listed in fair condition and released to his parents later Tuesday. Cyrus suffered a broken left leg and contusions, but his family said Tuesday night he is doing OK.
The navy blue SUV that hit the boy was traveling south on East Second Avenue just after 5 p.m. Officer Tyler Becker with Durango Police Department said witnesses estimated the car was traveling between 5 and 10 mph. The car had just left the intersection of East Second Avenue and 12th Street, which accounted for its low speed.
The father of the boy, Jeb Holt, is a teacher of gifted and talented students at Florida Mesa Elementary and Sunnyside Elementary. Holt was at the scene, at his son's side as he was moved on a stretcher into an ambulance. His mother is a certified nursing assistant.
Cyrus and his father had gone to the 9-R School District Administration Building to view a painting by Cyrus' older sister that was on display. Cyrus saw his grandmother across the street and ran to see her before he was hit.
Jeb Holt was relieved Tuesday night.
"He's OK. He's going to be OK," he said.
The identity of the driver of the SUV, who was also in the area to view her daughter's artwork at the administration building, was not released by police. Tuesday night, Jeb Holt hadn't talked to the driver.
"It was just an accident. I wish I could tell her that he's OK," he said.
Officers examined a small scuff behind the right rear wheel of the Yukon where the vehicle contacted the child. After giving her identification and insurance information, the driver was free.
Later, Becker spray-painted an orange "X" about 6 feet from the curb, marking where the boy had been hit.