Abu Dhabi: A 10-year-old boy who was hit by a car at a zebra crossing in front of his school on Tuesday, is recuperating at the hospital, his family said Wednesday.

Junaid Jaffer, a grade five student at Abu Dhabi Indian School was walking towards his school when he was mowed down by a saloon car. The incident happened at around 8.30am, just seconds after his father had dropped him off on the opposite side of the road.

"Junaid's condition is stable now. He is still in the intensive care unit, but the doctors told me that he would be moved out to the ward by today [Wednesday] evening or by tomorrow", Mohammad Jaffer, the child's father told Gulf News.

Earlier the father said that he was warned of chances of complications related to the child's lungs. "Fortunately, we were told that there is nothing to worry now."

According to an eye witness, the boy was hit by a car driven by an Arab national.

Junaid sustained several bruises on the left side of his body, and was taken to the Shaikh Khalifa Medical City for treatment.

Following the incident, Abu Dhabi Police traffic officials called on parents and school authorities to be more vigilant in order to prevent accidents when pupils cross busy streets near schools unattended.