A 16-year-old Ottawa teenager was rushed to hospital in critical condition after he was struck by a car on Bank Street across from the South Keys Shopping Centre Wednesday afternoon.

Paramedics say the boy was unconscious and suffering from life- threatening head injuries when they responded to the call over the noon hour.

Police had closed Bank Street from Cahill to Johnston Road for the investigation but that section reopened just before 6 p.m.

Some witnesses say the teen was crossing the street against the red light and wearing headphones when he was struck.

Anyone who witnessed the collision is asked to contact police.