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Teenage pedestrian injured after being struck by vehicle while crossing SR-302 on Christmas Eve

Chad Stark, 14, was struck crossing SR-302 on Christmas Eve. He is listed in critical condition at Mary Bridge Children’s Hospital in Tacoma.
Chad Stark, 14, was struck crossing SR-302 on Christmas Eve. He is listed in critical condition at Mary Bridge Children’s Hospital in Tacoma. Courtesy

A 14-year-old boy was injured after being hit by a car on Christmas Eve while crossing state Route 302 near 97th Avenue on the Key Peninsula.

The teenager, Chad Stark, was crossing the road from the eastbound side heading toward the Harvest Time Country Store just after 5 p.m.

He was hit in the westbound lane by a 68-year-old Gig Harbor woman, according to the Washington State Patrol.

Stark was transported to Mary Bridge Children’s Hospital in Tacoma and was listed as in critical condition on Friday night, The News Tribune reported.

A GoFundMe account was started by Rick Weber, a friend of Stark’s mother, Heidi Tison, to raise money for the family to cover medical expenses.

“It was just natural that someone step up and organize some benefits and fundraisers for them,” Weber said.

Two more fundraisers are set for January, according the GoFundMe website.

On Jan. 17, a concert will be held at the Slaughter County Brewing Company in Port Orchard that will feature Boy Blue, Joey James Dean and Hopefully Knucklehead.

Another all-day concert featuring nine bands will be held at Lucy’s Little Hole in Bremerton on Jan. 30.

Bands featured at this all-day event include Rory OK, Walt Disney Revolution, The Fibs and The Big Bang.

According to the State Patrol’s incident report, the driver was cited with failure to yield to a pedestrian in a crosswalk.

Stark’s GoFundMe account, with updates on more benefits and information, can be found at www.gofundme.com/ypga98qk.

News Tribune reporter Debbie Cafazzo contributed to this report.

Andrea Haffly: 253-358-4155, @gateway_andrea

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