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Teen hit by car on pedestrian crossing fighting for his life

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A 17-year-old is in critical condition after he was hit by a car in Limassol, and flew into a pavement due to the impact, police said on Sunday.

The teenager is a Romanian national who is a permanent resident in Cyprus.

According to traffic police officer Emilios Kafas, the 17-year-old was walking on a pedestrian crossing by Limassol’s coast on Saturday night at around 9:30pm.

Under circumstances that are being investigated, a 49-year-old driver hit the teenager with his car, which caused him to fly into the pavement. The severity of the impact was so large that the car’s windshield completely shattered.

The teenager sustained critical injuries and was transferred by ambulance to a private clinic.

“He is now hospitalised in an extremely serious condition in the emergency unit,” Kafas said.

Police are now trying to investigate whether the teenager was on the pedestrian crossing when he was allowed to, or if the driver had right of way.

The driver did an alcotest and narcotest and both came back negative.

Officers are calling for eyewitnesses who can testify over what happened.

Kafas specified court rejected a request for an arrest warrant by the police for the driver, after he gave his own version of events for which the accident took place.

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