BATTLE GROUND, Wash. (KPTV) – A teenage boy waiting for a school bus was struck by a car near Battle Ground, but wasn’t found until more than an hour later when a tow truck driver showed up to tow the car away Monday.
Clark County deputies said they first responded to the crash at Northeast 289th Street and 82nd Avenue at 7:09 a.m.
Shaun Johnson, who was behind the wheel of a Nissan Maxima, was heading south on 82nd Avenue when she left the road. Her car crashed into a ditch and went about 100 yards before crashing into a fence and brush at the intersection of Northeast 289th Street.
Johnson suffered a broken arm, and paramedics took her to PeaceHealth Southwest Washington Medical Center.
She gave no indication that her car had struck a person at the time, deputies said, but when a tow truck driver showed up to remove the crashed car, he heard someone crying for help at 8:37 a.m.
The tow truck driver found the teenage boy lying in the bushes with severe injuries.
Firefighters came to his aid, and a LifeFlight helicopter was called in to rush him to PeaceHealth Southwest Washington Medical Center.
The boy suffered “significant trauma” in the crash, deputies said, and his current condition is unknown.
Deputies said it appeared he had been waiting for a school bus at the intersection when Johnson’s car hit him, throwing him about 150 feet into the bushes and tall grass.
There were no witnesses to the crash.
The Clark County Sheriff’s Office Traffic Homicide Unit is now investigating to determine the exact chain of events and what caused Johnson’s car to go off the road.