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PECULIAR, Mo. — There are lots of prayers in Peculiar for the young son of a firefighter. A pick-up truck hit a six-year-old Wednesday evening as he rode a bicycle.

Neighbor Dorothy Hopkins ran outside her home late Wednesday afternoon and saw the six-year-old boy had been hit. Hopkins said the child was riding his friend’s bike near south and east Third streets at the time of the accident.

“I just heard the truck stop. The screeching of the tires,” said Hopkins.

Paramedics rushed to the scene and flew the injured boy to Children’s Mercy Hospital in KC. Police believe the child wasn’t paying attention and witnesses say the male driver never saw him.

“He was riding the cul-de-sac and he came up here in the intersection and the car didn’t see him,” Hopkins said. “It was a freak accident.”

“He was admitted to the emergency department . Later that evening he was transferred to ICU in critical, but stable condition,” said Captain Ryan Jensen with the West Peculiar Fire Protection District.

The boy is a first grader at Peculiar Elementary School where Thursday his classmates made him get well cards. Neighbors told FOX 4 his father is a firefighter for the West Peculiar Fire Protection District, a spokesman did not confirm that.

“There’s definitely our prayers going out to the family,” said Hopkins.

The boy is in critical condition and the driver has not been charged with any crime.

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