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Akron teen hit by truck charged with jaywalking, truancy

Beacon Journal staff report

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An Akron teen is facing jaywalking and truancy charges after he ran into the path of a pickup truck Tuesday morning near the Chapel Hill Mall.

The boy, 16, was knocked to the ground and suffered a cut knee after being brushed by the passing Ford pickup truck being driven east on Independence Avenue by a 34-year-old Akron man.

After being struck, the teen and two of his friends continued running through the mall parking lot until they reached the mall and the Sears store near the corner of Independence and Buchholzer Boulevard, police said.

The teens were found by police still inside the mall. The 16 year old is a student at Phoenix Alternative School, police said.

The pickup truck driver called 911 just before 10:30 a.m.

Akron Police Officer Chris Church said the teen was treated for a cut to his knee at Akron Children’s Hospital.

The 16 year old could also face trespassing charges because he has been banned in the past from entering the mall, police said.

The driver violated no laws and was not cited, police said.


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