CAROVA BEACH, N.C. — A 7-year-old boy is recovering in the hospital after a sheriff's department vehicle hit the child at Carova Beach.

The accident happened after 9:30 a.m. Saturday near milepost 16 on the beach, Currituck County’s chief of fire-EMS Ralph Melton said.

A Currituck County Sheriff's Office four-wheel-drive vehicle hit the boy going 5 mph. The child suffered minor injuries and airlifted to Children's Hospital of The King's Daughters in Norfolk as a precaution, Melton said.

The Sheriff's Office said the child was released the next day.

The North Carolina State Highway Patrol is investigating the incident.

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