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Minivan strikes student, in Miramar; driver held on warrant

Miramar police on Monday arrested a man they say started driving an 11-year-old boy to the hospital after his minivan struck and injured the child.

But Herbert Battle's drive to the hospital was cut short Monday morning when his minivan struck a curb on Miramar Parkway and University Drive, about a mile west of where the initial crash happened, according to Tania Rues, Miramar police spokeswoman.

Emergency responders then took the boy from the second crash site to Memorial Hospital Miramar. The boy's injuries weren't considered life-threatening, Rues said.

Officers took 23-year-old Battle into custody on an arrest warrant unrelated to Monday's incident, Rues said. She did not have information about that warrant.

Battle hasn't been charged in Monday's case, which remains under investigation, Rues said.

Officers took 23-year-old Battle into custody on an arrest warrant unrelated to Monday's incident, Rues said. She did not have information about that warrant.

Battle hasn't been charged in Monday's case, which remains under investigation, Rues said.

Police are reminding the public to call 911 for medical emergencies. Paramedics can stabilize patients to protect them from further injury while being taken to a hospital, Rues said.

Monday's events began about 8:10 a.m., when the boy was on his way to Henry D. Perry Middle School and was struck by the minivan driven by Battle in the 7400 block of Granada Boulevard, Rues said.

The boy, whose name wasn't released, was trying cross the street when the minivan hit him, Rues said. It wasn't immediately clear whether the boy knew Battle.

By Juan Ortega, Sun Sentinel

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