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City inspecting road after a car hits 4-year-old

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Story by Megan Boatwright

Eyewitness News Reporter

BRADLEY, TN. (WRCB)-- Chris Denton watched in shock as her four-year-old grandson was taken to the hospital after being hit by a car Friday night.

His grandmother says something needs to be done, before another child gets hurt.

Neighbors on Poplar Street all agree the stretch of road where four-year-old Vinnie Patuch was hit is speed prone.

And since the accident it seems the City of Cleveland is also taking notice.

City officials tell Eyewitness News Friday's accident makes it clear, the road should be evaluated.

The intersection of Poplar and 11th Street isn't one they've received many complaints for in the past and dealing with the vertical curve of on that road could be challenging.

"I would say people would go up to 45, even 50. Sometimes, even over that," says Wyatt Beavis.

For the last two years Wyatt Beavis has gotten an up close and personal view of traffic along Northeast 11th and Poplar Street.

"I tell them all the time, do not go near the road, stay away from the road," says Beavis.

Beavis is the Director of the Boys and Girls Club just down the road from where four-year-old Vinnie Patuch was hit and seriously injured.

"I went to the top of the hill before the cops got here and I saw the guy holding him and it was awful," says Kim Bradley, 11th Street resident.

Kim Bradley is a mother who says she constantly worries about her own children.

"It's just everybody speeds up and down through here," says Bradley.

After hearing about the accident, two city engineers visited the scene. They surveyed the road and spoke with neighbors.

"We'll put the counters across the road, it will collect data," says Megan Wilson, city engineer.

Wilson says that process will start Monday afternoon.

"We will do a study that will collect some traffic volumes and some speed date for us to kind of tell us what numbers we're looking at," says Wilson.

Wilson says gathering all the information they need sometimes comes down to trial and error. But Friday's accident and the concern they're hearing from neighbors is clear.

"Obviously we've had an incident out here, so it's something that needs to be looked at," says Wilson.

Vinnie Patuch was fitted into a full body cast Monday morning and transferred from the ICU to a private room at T.C. Thompson's Children's Hospital.

He suffered road rash and a broken leg from the accident, where Bradley County EMS say his was drug a short distance after being hit.

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