By Neil H. Dempsey
---- — DANVERS — A 15-year-old boy sustained serious head injuries and was MedFlighted to a Boston-area hospital after he was struck by a vehicle on Poplar Street yesterday afternoon.
Police and the Fire Department received a report of the accident near the rail trail shortly before 5 p.m. The boy was unconscious when they arrived but regained consciousness as he was being transported to Beverly Hospital in an ambulance, an officer said.
The boy was later transported to an undisclosed hospital in Boston via helicopter.
Police wouldn’t comment on how the accident occurred, saying it was still under investigation. Initial reports indicated that the driver had fled the scene, but they proved false.
A state police reconstruction team responded to the accident site.
A section of Poplar Street was closed to traffic until roughly 7:30 p.m.