Teen recovers after being struck by van in Silver Spring

(WJLA) - A 14-year-old Bethesda-Chevy Chase High School freshman is recovering at Children’s National Medical Center after he was hit by a van.

Montgomery County Police say Sebesebshaw Belew was getting off a Metrobus near East-West Highway and Rosemary Hills Drive in Silver Spring, Maryland Thursday morning around 10:30 a.m. when the accident happened.

Family members say Belew had just finished his exams and was heading home on his last day of school for the year, and was excited for summer break.

“I’m lucky he’s still with me,” said his father, Abebe Belew. Belew says his son suffered a number of injuries from the accident, including a broken leg and internal bleeding. While he was able to talk to his son, he says has no recollection of what happened.

“He's asking me what happened and I have to explain to him, well he got hit by a car. He don't know when and where,” he said.

Montgomery County Police say the teen was in front of the bus when he ran across the street.

“The van didn’t see him, as he was in the second lane,” said Sgt. Nicholas Augustine. “Information at this time shows the van had a green light, and the pedestrian was crossing against the walk sign at that time.”

Police say Belew was with a group of friends, but he was the only one that tried to cross. Yahnaten Tsfay was one of them, and he says he was about to tell Belew not to cross – but it was already too late:

“I felt useless at that point, I felt like I couldn’t do anything but call police.”

Police say the bus driver tried to stop him as well, but the teen couldn’t hear him. Even though the investigation is still underway, family and friends say their top priority for now is just making sure Belew is okay.

Police blocked off the area for a couple of hours while the accident reconstruction team investigated the exact circumstances of the accident.