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PORTLAND -- A boy was struck by a vehicle in Southeast Portland Thursday morning, officials said.

Police were called to the report of a crash involving a pedestrian at Southeast 82nd Avenue and Center Street just after 11:30.

Responding officers found 10-year-old Peter Chen suffering from traumatic injuries, said Portland police Sgt. Pete Simpson. The first officer at the scene provided first aid until paramedics arrived.

Investigators determined that the child was walking with his family in the crosswalk at 82nd and Center, Simpson said. After reaching the center median island, the child stepped out into the crosswalk towards the west side of 82nd Avenue and was struck by a southbound Honda driven by a 58-year-old female.

Witnesses said the impact sent the boy into the air.

It's just really devastating and I could tell that he was really hurt, said Annika Donaldson. The cops were saying that he might not make it, originally, and that s why they were putting up all the tape.

Chen was taken to a Portland hospital, where he was listed in critical condition Thursday afternoon. He was upgraded to serious condition Friday morning.

The driver stayed at the scene and was cooperating with police, Simpson said.

Traffic was blocked in both directions for several hours on Southeast 82nd Avenue, from Holgate to Powell boulevards, while a crash investigation was under way.


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