HARRIS COUNTY, TEXAS - A Crosby High School student is fighting for his life after being struck by a fellow student near the school early Wednesday.
The incident was reported shortly before 7 a.m. along the Crosby Freeway at Krenek road.
Eighteen-year-old Christopher Dubose was riding his skateboard when he was struck by a pickup truck, according to Crosby ISD.
Family members tell us he goes by the nickname, "Dinker."
The driver was a 16-year-old student, also on his way to school.
“Both young males were headed to Crosby High School. It was dark and there’s not much artificial lighting in this area,” said Deputy Roger Swaney. “(Dubose) had a black t-shirt on with blue sleeves, blue jeans, and black tennis shoes.”
The Harris County Sheriff's Office says Dubose was taken to the hospital in critical condition. Relatives say he has a broken spine as well as brain and liver failure.
The driver of the pickup told deputies he didn't see the other teen. Deputies are investigating the incident to see if the young driver was distracted at all. They said they do not believe speed was a factor.
The incident occurred not far from the victim's home. Neighbors say the injured teen is a special needs student who usually rides the bus. It's not clear why he wasn't on the bus Wednesday morning.
"From my understanding, his mom was coming to get him to pick him up or his brother wanted him to take the school bus but he decided to go on his own..." said Swaney.
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