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Dumbarton student, 12, recovering after being struck

A 12-year-old student of Dumbarton Middle School is recovering at home after being hit by a car April 11.

Saphal Bhandari spent five days in the hospital but is now home, according to his father, Navendra Bhandari, of the 6300 block of Holly Lane.

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"He's recovering," Bhandari said of his son, noting that he suffered injuries to his hand, leg and clavicle bone and is expected to be out of school for up to six weeks.

Police reported on April 11 that the student was crossing York Road at a crosswalk at Overbrook Road when he was hit by a Toyota Corolla traveling north on York Road. Police said the department was notified of the accident at 3:14 p.m.

The driver of the Corolla remained at the scene, police said. No charges have been filed but an investigation is continuing.

"When the Crash Team completes its report of a crash, that report is sent to the Baltimore County States Attorney's Office. The States Attorney's Office will review the report and decide if any charges will be brought," Corporal John Wachter, public information officer for the Baltimore County Police Department said in an email April 24.

Dumbarton's principal Susan Harris said that since the accident the school has emphasized safe travel both in school and in an email to families.

She said that the boy was walking with two other students in a crosswalk when the accident occurred. His friends stayed with Saphal after the accident.

"I was very upset the crossing guard wasn't there," Harris said, adding that she was on the scene when the child was struck. The crossing guard's shift had ended when the children reached the intersection, she said.

"We want to support him as much as we can," she said, noting that a collection for the boy was taken up and classmates have sent him "Get well" cards.

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