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A 13-year-old boy was hit by a car Tuesday while trying to get to school.

WEST VALLEY CITY — A 13-year-old boy was hit by a car Tuesday while trying to get to school.

The boy was hospitalized in critical condition due to head trauma, according to police.

About 7:30 a.m., the seventh-grade student at Kennedy Junior High, 4495 S. 4800 West, was dropped off by his mother on 4800 West across from the school, said West Valley police spokeswoman Roxeanne Vainuku.

The boy, whose name was not immediately released, ran across the southbound lanes of 4800 West and was hit by a car in the northbound lanes. The boy was not in a crosswalk and is believed to have run in front of the vehicle, not giving the driver time to stop, Vainuku said.

"The driver reported she didn't see him," she said.

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Although there was haze in the area, it was not believed to be a significant factor in the accident, Vainuku said. There is a crosswalk and stoplight in front of the school.

The Granite School District sent an email out to parents following the crash, asking that they "please keep the student and his family in your thoughts and prayers."

"Some students may have witnessed this accident, and counselors will be available to any student who is experiencing any sort of grief or trauma," the email stated.

The district also encouraged students to use crosswalks and for motorists to slow down and be alert as they drive near the school.