ARLINGTON, Texas - A 15-year-old Arlington Martin High School student was hit by a car Wednesday morning while walking to school.
The incident happened about 7:30 a.m. near the intersection of Park Springs Boulevard and West Pleasant Ridge Road.
The teen was airlifted to a local hospital in critical condition. Images from SKY 4 showed a blue SUV with a cracked windshield and tree on its side.
Police are not sure if the student was in the crosswalk at the time, but believe a Honda CRV was traveling east on Pleasant Ridge when he hit the student who was walking north. Police have not identified the student who was hit yet.
Police arrested the driver, identified as Alberto Ledesma, 37, for driving on a suspended license and say he did stop and is cooperating with police.
The driver's family apologized for Ledesma's actions.
“I'm very upset about the incident, especially for the family, but also for my son because my son is very caring and I know he didn't do it intentionally,” said mother Connie Ledesma. “It was an accident.”
Ledesma's family says he's not supposed to be driving, but believes he was dropping another family member off at school because there was no one else to drive.
Ledesma does have a criminal history. According to court records, he was arrested for assault in 2010 relating to a domestic violence incident and for possession of a controlled substance in 2015.
Police have not said how fast the driver was going or if distractions played a role, but the speed limit in the area is 40 MPH. There are cameras at the intersection where the incident happened.