Police & Fire

8 Year Old Boy Hit Crossing Grove Street to School Playground

Credits: NA Rudy

NORTH PLAINFIELD, NJ -- An eight year old Stony Brook School third grader was struck on the foot by a motorist as he crossed the street to get to the playground at Stony Brook School this afternoon.  The driver of a white Jeep, who may have been unaware she hit the boy, continued driving south on Grove Street.

Though shaken and hurt, the boy sustained no apparent life-threatening injuries.

The boy's aunt, Eileen Hunter-Green, withnessed the accident and got in her own car to chase the white Jeep down.

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"Eben was just crossing to the playground when she hit him, then drove around and kept going," said Hunter-Green. "She wasn't going to stop, so I got in the car and followed her."

The driver of the Jeep, a middle-aged woman, was stopped at the light at Grove Street and Greenbrook Avenue when Hunter-Green approached her car window.

"I said, 'You just hit that boy' and she said he just jumped in front of her," said Hunter-Green.  

Witnesses in a neighborhing home and a landscaping service helped the boy and called the police, who responded with four cars and an EMS ambulance.  The driver who hit the boy returned and was given a summons, appeared shaken but was speaking calmly with North Plainfield police officers.

"This is a community of kids, and people really need to watch out for them," said Hunter-Green. 

Eben was taken to JFK Medical Center in Edison by the North Plainfield Fire Department where he will be met by family, including his aunt.

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