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.
"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.