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6-year-old boy and father struck by car near elementary school

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VISTA (CBS 8/CNS) - A 6-year-old boy and his father were struck by a vehicle Friday morning while walking to Monte Vista Elementary School.

The six-year-old boy continues to be in critical condition and has undergone surgery. The boy's father also sustained moderate injuries and was taken by ambulance to an area hospital.

The driver stopped immediately and parents dropping their kids off ran to get help from a fire station across the street. 

The boy was airlifted to Rady Children's Hospital to be treated for moderate non-life-threatening injuries following the crash in the 1700 block of Monte Vista Drive near Valley Drive around 8:30 a.m., according to Deputy Chief Ned Vander Pol of the Vista Fire Department.

"The Sheriff's department is doing a full reconstruction of the scene based on the injuries and based on the injuries and based on the outcome of the investigation the driver could face charges depending on what occurred," said Sgt. Dustin Lopez, San Diego County Sheriff's Department. 

The district said it was the first pedestrian accident at the intersection in recent memory. 

Those who frequent Monte Vista Drive call the road unsafe for pedestrians. 

"They're just waiting for an accident to happen. I called the district and I called the city four days ago to report this because I knew once they put the berms in, it's a lot different," said area resident, Frank Sloat. 

Dozens of families walk the streets every day, and Frey said even additional signage would go a long way.

"People drive very fast down this road. There are no signs saying this is a school zone, not until the school is here. Hopefully we can get more signs put in and go from there," said Sloat.

The district also said the school's principal went to Rady Children's Friday morning. The school has now canceled its annual Halloween parade for students. 

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