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Boy recovering after getting struck by car on Halloween in Independence

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INDEPENDENCE, Mo. – A 13-year-old boy is in critical, but stable condition, after he was hit by a car while trick-or-treating Saturday night. The boy’s family said it happened in Independence, near Highway 24 and Bay Avenue, in front of a QuikTrip.

“I saw his clothes lying there and candy all over the place and he was in the ambulance,” said Robert Harter, Tyler Harter’s father.

Harter told FOX 4 he had just dropped his teenage son off in the area minutes before, so he could go trick-or-treating with a group of friends. Then, he said minutes later he received a phone call from the police that his son had been hit by a car.

“He went there to meet friends and he was crossing the street with friends, and he was a little slower than the rest and got struck,” the boy’s father said.

Harter said Tyler has a broken leg, collar bone, bruised lung and four fractures to his skull. He said he remains in an induced coma at Children’s Mercy Hospital.

“We are just hanging by threads,” Harter said. “This happens, it just hurts your heart, that’s all.”

Harter said his son was thrown onto the car’s windshield. He said the driver stopped after the accident, but tonight Harter isn’t sure if the driver was taken into police custody.

FOX 4 reached out to Independence police to see if the driver was taken into custody but we have not yet heard back.