By Kelli Ameling and Cory Smith
BELDING – A 16-year-old Belding cross county student was struck by a SUV on M-44 on Thursday afternoon.
According to Belding Police Chief Dale Nelson, the male runner was part of a group of Belding cross country runners practicing around 4:18 p.m. Thursday.
The teen runner was heading west on the south side of M-44 and attempted to cross M-44 at Ionia Street.
A woman driving a grey GMC Yukon SUV was driving east in on M-44 when she struck the runner on the driver’s side of her vehicle.
“The male was taken by ambulance to Spectrum Health Butterworth Hospital in Grand Rapids,” Nelson said.
The student was then taken to Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital in Grand Rapids where he is listed in critical condition today.
His name is not being released at this time.
Belding High School Principal Brett Zuver said the accident was addressed at an assembly with students this morning to make sure students had the opportunity to share how they are feeling about the upsetting event.
“The community has been very supportive,” Zuver said.
The accident remains under investigation.
No additional information was available this morning.