WATCHUNG, NJ – Police are seeking the whereabouts of a hit-and-run driver after a 12-year-old was struck crossing Valley Road early Tuesday evening.

The victim was with a group of friends, but was the only one hit by the vehicle, according to Somerset County Prosecutor Michael H. Robertson. There were no other injuries. Valley Road was closed for much of Tuesday evening for police to conduct their investigation.

Robertson provided the following account:

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Watchung police were called to the scene of the accident at 6:55 p.m. Detectives from Somerset County Prosecutor’s Office Collision Analysis Reconstruction Team also responded. 

Police determined the 12-year-old was crossing Valley Road in a northbound direction when he was struck by a westbound vehicle which fled the scene.  After the impact, the vehicle, possibly a Hyundai, continued westbound on Valley Road. The victim was transported to a local area hospital for treatment. The injuries were serious but non-life-threatening and the victim is reportedly in stable condition.

Robertson asks that anyone with information contact the Somerset County Prosecutor’s Office Collision Analysis Reconstruction Team at (908) 231-7100, or the Watchung Police Department at (908) 756-3663 or via the STOPit app.

The STOPit app allows citizens to provide anonymous reports including videos and photos. STOPit can be downloaded to your smart phone for free at the Google Play Store or Apple App Store, access code: SOMERSETNJ.

Information can also be provided through the Somerset County Crime Stoppers’ Tip Line at 1-888-577-TIPS (8477). All anonymous STOPit reports and Crime Stopper tips will be kept confidential.