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Hudson Police encouraging drivers to slow down after 2 accidents involving children

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10-year-old Daymeon Goodwin says he spends most his summer days outside, playing with his older brother and neighborhood friends.

"Riding bikes, playing baseball, playing football," said Goodwin.

Just last week the 10-year-old was life flighted to Houston after being hit by an oncoming vehicle.

"I did not see him coming," said Goodwin.

"He said he sideswiped me off the road, I ran into the garbage can and came up off my bike," said Rhonda Wilson, mother.

Hudson Police Chief Jimmy Casper says that incident is still being investigated, along with a second accident where a child hit by a car.

Casper says the accidents happened just four days apart. 

"I'm not sure if he was actually hit or got scared and moved off into the ditch and wrecked out," said Casper.

Casper says during the summer time kids are outside playing and many of the local roads don't have sidewalks, so drivers need to be mindful, especially in neighborhoods.

"They're running around and they aren't really conscious of what's going on around them, they'll dart out in the road way. If you see a kid on a bicycle or anyone on a bicycle try to stay at least five feet of them on the side and let them know that you're passing them," said Casper.

Officials say it's up to parents to warn their children of danger before letting them step outside."

"It's never too young to teach your kids how to be watchful of cars," said Casper.

Goodwin's mother Rhoda Wilson says that's what she tries to do and hopes the new caution sign will remind drivers as well.

"I try to watch everyone's kids, including mine. If I could get half the people to pay attention to the sign because they still come through here pretty fast," said Wilson.

Goodwin spent four days in a Houston hospital he was treated for a ripped spleen.

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