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Child hit by vehicle left behind by driver to fend for himself

If someone hits a child while driving, the last thing you'd expect is for them to continue driving without stopping. A hit-and-run involving your child is traumatic enough for your little one, let alone for the rest of your family, when you can't locate the driver. When you are able to file a claim, noting that the driver fled can become an important part of the claim for damages.

A May 16 report discusses this exact issue, as a 12-year-old boy from Ridgewood was hit and left stranded on the road. When the driver left the scene, he was forcied to make his own way home with hiss injuries. The little boy reported that he was hit by an SUV while he was on his bike, and he knows that the driver was aware of hitting him because she stopped her vehicle.

The woman apologized to him, he claims, but then she left without calling for help, even though he was injured. He stated that he assumed she was scared or surprised when she did not stay to help. The boy noted that he had a green light to cross at the intersection when he was struck.

He was able to pedal his bike back home despite it being damaged and his being injured When his parents took him to the hospital, doctors discovered that his shoulder was sprained from the accident. The driver has allegedly reached out to police following the accident and potentially faces charges like failing to yield to a pedestrian in a crosswalk or leaving the scene of an accident.

Source: News 12, "Driver leaves Ridgewood 12-year-old stranded after hitting him with her car," May 16, 2016

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