A seven year-old Decatur youth, Greyson P. Reed, W. Madison Street, was listed in fair condition this morning at Parkview Hospital in Fort Wayne where he is a patient after being struck by a pickup truck at 7:16 a.m. Thursday on N. 13th Street.
The condition listed today by Parkview officials is a huge improvement as the Northwest Elementary School student was initially listed in critical condition Thursday afternoon, suffering from head and back injuries.
Decatur police said the accident occurred as the child attempted to cross the busy street with a brother and another friend and since it was still dark out, the driver of the pickup, Joshua J. Butler, 38, rural Decatur, was unable to see him. The impact of the vehicle striking Reed caused the child to be thrown 50 feet and jarred him out of his shoes.
Police said Butler was southbound on 13th Street near the Madison Street intersection at a normal rate of speed. He told police he saw the two other boys run across the street in front of him but he was unable to avoid striking the seven year-old child.
The police report said the other two boys started to cross the street but then realized they could not do so safely so they stopped. Greyson brother yelled at him to stop and wait, but he continued on into the path of the Butler vehicle.
Police also noted that the normal bus stop for Reed is at 15th Street and Monroe Street, which was a stop that would not have required him to cross the busy highway. But the three had opted for a non-authorized location.
Police said the accident, which caused an estimated $1,001-$2,500 in damage to the pickup remains under investigation, but no charges are planned to be filed against Butler.