Boy in critical condition after he was hit by a minivan on US 101 near Olympia

An 11-year-old boy was in critical condition Monday after he was struck by a minivan Sunday evening on US 101 near Oyster Bay Road, a spokeswoman for Harborview Medical Center in Seattle said.

About 5:30 p.m. Sunday, a 2000 silver or cream-colored minivan was headed north on US 101 in lane two of the highway. The boy, according to the state patrol, was also in that lane.

It was not immediately clear why the boy was in the road. A spokeswoman for the state patrol could not be reached Monday. However, KOMO news reports the boy has autism and had wandered away from a nearby home.

After the vehicle hit the boy, the boy wound up on the right shoulder of the road. The driver continued north.

The road was blocked for nearly three hours, according to the state patrol.

Rolf has worked at The Olympian since August 2005. He covers breaking news, the city of Lacey and business for the paper. Rolf graduated from The Evergreen State College in 1990.