The boy told officers he had just snuck out to buy the gift at a Dollar General store in Lufkin, about 120 miles northeast of Houston, according to a news release by the Lufkin Police Department.
He made his purchase — a card and a box of candy — and was crossing the street to go home when he was side-swiped in the outside lane by a northbound Chevy Malibu, the release added.
Police said he suffered a broken leg and was rushed to a local area hospital following the accident. His injuries are not believed to be life-threatening, they added.
The driver of the Malibu noted that he didn’t see the boy until it was too late, according to authorities.
“Please say a prayer for a speedy recovery for this thoughtful young man,” the Lufkin Police Department said. “We ask that you send some thoughts and prayers his mother’s way as well.”
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