Five-year-old hit by car in Dorchester

A 5-year-old was suffering life-threatening injuries after the child was struck by a car in Dorchester, police said.

The unidentified child was hit at 34 Whitten St. around noon and taken to Boston Medical Center, said Officer James Kenneally, Boston police spokesman.

The driver of the vehicle remained at the scene.

“At this time, the cause of the accident is under investigation,” Kenneally said. “No violations have been issued at this time.”

Neighbor Stevee Davenport, 22, said she saw rescuers attending to a boy who lay unconscious on the street.

She said they were giving him CPR constantly, even as they placed him in an ambulance.

“The whole time he was on the ground they never stopped,” Davenport said. “It’s very sad, I’ve never seen anything like that.”

Davenport said she thought the child lived on the street with his grandmother and siblings.

Though she did not see the child get struck, Davenport said some people drive too fast on the residential street of well-kept double-deckers.

Another neighbor, Pfung Dao, 39, said many families with small children live on the narrow street.

Dao, the father of two young sons, said the accident makes him fear for their safety, especially since they play outside in the summertime.

“Summertime, you better slow down when you come down a small street,” he said.

Police at the scene were speaking with witnesses and examining the street for evidence.