A 14-year-old Sand Springs boy died early Wednesday after being struck while walking down the center of a state highway.

According to the Oklahoma Highway Patrol, an 18-year-old driver traveling west on Oklahoma 51 near Bermuda Avenue in Sand Springs struck the pedestrian about 6:40 a.m. Wednesday.

The boy, who has not been identified, was pronounced dead at the scene, troopers said in a news release.

The unidentified boy was one of two boys who walked away from the Tulsa Boys’ Home, 2727 S. 137th West Ave., about 4 a.m. Wednesday, TBH Executive Director Gregg Conway said in a statement.

The boy was struck by a vehicle about a half mile east of the Boys’ Home.

“The young boy had only been with us for 9 days,” Conway said in the statement. “Our prayers go up for his family and all who knew him.”

The cause of the collision was noted in the release as pedestrian action.

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