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GARLAND A 12-year-old Garland boy was in critical condition Wednesday night after he was hit by a sport utility vehicle.

Friends and a church member identified the victim as Jaylyn Jackson. The 12-year-old was crossing the street at Country Club Road and Meridian Way in Garland to play some basketball. He was on a bike and was wearing a backpack with a basketball inside.

Garland police told News 8 that a Jeep SUV slammed into Jaylyn, tossing him 10 yards from his bike.

Shirley Haney and her friend were among the first at the scene. Haney, a nurse for four decades, she positioned the young man so he wouldn't aspirate.

He was in really bad shape, she said. Nobody ever wants to see a child like that.

Jaylyn was taken to Children's Medical Center in Dallas by helicopter ambulance.

Police said no charges have been filed against the 36-year-old Rowlett woman who was driving the Jeep, and no arrests have been made.

According to investigators, it appears that the young man failed to yield the right-of-way to oncoming traffic. Police said the driver was traveling at the speed limit and that Jaylyn had not been wearing a helmet.

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