An 11-year-old boy died Friday morning after being struck by a car Thursday evening in Deer Park, authorities said.
Carlton Kelly Ferguson died at Memorial Hermann Hospital from injuries he suffered Thursday about 6 p.m. after he “traded bikes with a buddy,” failed to negotiate a steep ramp into a parking lot and was struck on Pasadena Boulevard by the driver of an older model Cadillac.
Sgt. J. Yettevich , of the Deer Park police department, said the boy was “a bit unfamiliar” with his friend’s bicycle, and he “tried to go around the front of a vehicle going into the parking lot. That ramp is pretty steep, and he wound up on the outside westbound lane on Pasadena Boulevard.”
A woman driving the Cadillac, who was driving within range of the 35 mph speed limit “had zero reaction time” when Ferguson came into her path, Yettevich said.
“She struck the kid, propelled him approximately 30 feet. I think one of his tennis shoes was knocked about 50 feet,” Yettevich said.
The unidentified driver was taken into custody for driving with a suspended license by Deer Park police, Yettevich said.
Ferguson suffered “severe head trauma” as well as an injury to his left leg, and abrasions, Yettevich said.
Two school nurses from nearby Carpenter Elementary School, where Ferguson was a student, immediately stopped to render aid, as well as an off-duty Deer Park police officer, Yettevich said. The boy’s father was immediately called to the scene, and arrived before the Life Flight helicopter, Yettevich said.
“He was just an innocent, skinny little boy,” Yettevich said. “I’ve been doing this for 16 years, and everybody wants to find a reason for it, everybody wants to know why a young life gets taken.”
The final accident report will be filed in about a week, Yettevich said.