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6-year-old boy hit by car in crosswalk

MAUMELLE, Ark. (KTHV) – A 6-year-old boy is recovering in the hospital after he was struck by an SUV in a crosswalk on his way to school Friday morning.

The accident happened around 7:15 a.m. outside of Pine Forest Elementary where the 6-year-old is a student. The driver of the SUV was arrested for driving with a suspended license.

The family of Zachary Mathis spoke with THV11 and said that he has a broken femur and bruising on his lungs, but he is expected to be okay.

"If he hadn't curled up, he probably wouldn't have made it," said the victim's uncle, Mark Williams.

It's a situation that could have ended up much differently.

"I thought it would be a whole lot worse than that. Especially when they told me the tire went over him," said Williams.

According to Maumelle police, a Pine Forest Elementary student, identified by his family as 6-year-old Zachary Mathis, was in the crosswalk on his way to school Friday morning when he was hit by an SUV.

"The children in the crosswalk at the time were actually being escorted by a PCSSD Security Officer. He was also struck by the vehicle," said Capt. Jim Hansard with the Maumelle Police Department.

The kindergarten student was flown to Children's Hospital and the security officer was treated for minor injuries. Captain Hansard said the driver of the SUV, 35-year-old Chasity Phillips was arrested for driving on a suspended license for a prior DWI.

"I was mad. Especially since I saw her car right there with her headlights off and everything. I was angry," said the victim's aunt, Jessica Kepner.

According to the Pulaski County Special School District, Phillips is the parent of a Pine Forest Elementary student. Zachary's family said they were shocked to find out who was behind the wheel.

"She's our neighbor. Two doors down," said Williams.

"They are actually best friends, Zachary and her kids. Zachary loves coming out and playing with her kids and everything," said Kepner.

While Zachary is expected to make a full recovery, his family is still struggling for answers.

"I can see somebody missing a little kid, but when there is a little kid and a fully-grown adult, there's not really any missing that," said Williams.

Phillips was released from jail Friday on a citation. Police said there were no signs of drugs or alcohol being involved. No charges have been filed at this time.