A 15-year-old student was struck by a vehicle Wednesday morning near Gulf High School.
According to Pasco County Fire Rescue, the teen was struck by a van in the intersection of School Road and Madison Street in New Port Richey.
Authorities said the teen was unresponsive and was airlifted from the scene to an area hospital.
The driver of the van is a teacher at the school and coach of the boys soccer team.
The teacher’s 7-year-old child also was in the van. The teacher, who told authorities it was dark and he did not see the teen, was quite upset after the crash, officials said.
Officials did not say what led to the crash, but police said speed does not appear to be a factor.
The teen underwent surgery and remains in critical condition.
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