Milford Police are investigating an accident that occurred on West Street Tuesday afternoon, when a 4-year-old boy was struck by minivan before being taken by Life Flight to UMass Medical Center in Worcester.
The incident happened around 3:30 p.m. Tuesday, when a mother in the area had been walking on West Street toward Shaw's, leaving her three children in the care of her sister at home, Milford Police said Tuesday.
"As the mother crossed West Street, unbeknownst to her, the 4-year-old son gathered two dandelions and a purple flower and pursued his mother because he wanted to accompany her to the store," Milford Police Chief Thomas O'Loughlin said. "As he pursued her and ran into the roadway, he was struck by a minivan traveling north on West Street."
Milford Police Officer Robbie Tusino, who had been returning to Milford from Narcan instructor training in Medford, was first on scene to treat the child and immediately called for a Life Flight helicopter from UMass Medical Center in Worcester, O'Loughlin said.
As the helicopter was en route, Tusino and paramedics worked to stabilize the child, who had experienced serious injuries and was then taken to Milford Regional Medical Center, where doctors and staff prepared him for flight to UMass Medical Center for treatment, O'Loughlin said.
The investigation is ongoing, police said.