HAVERHILL (CBS) – “It was painful,” 10-year-old Aisea Cruz said as he walked out of his home in Haverhill. He’d just returned from an overnight stay in the hospital after a car hit him and took off. “I hit the hood on this side and I hit the front on this side and he checked he just took his head out and looked to see if I was okay and he just left,” Cruz said.
The fifth grader was in a crosswalk on Broadway near Lafayette Square Monday afternoon just after 5:00 with his two brothers and two cousins. The group had been to a nearby park. A truck stopped to let them cross. About that time, a silver Mercedes-Benz came around the truck and hit Aisea. “I went over the hood,” he said. He has fractures to his foot, pelvic area and ribs. “Those are tire marks,” his aunt Jennifer Cruz said as the boy lifted up his sweatshirt.
Jennifer’s son was there as well. He stayed by the car and tried to stall the driver, but was almost a victim too. “My oldest stayed behind and he (the driver) escalated the gas and almost hit him,” she said. Her family was already dealing with a recent death and this was almost more than they could handle. “My nephew is pretty banged up,” she said.
Haverill Police have not yet tracked down the driver. The family says the car will have damage to its hood. “I’m a little bit angry,” Aisea said as he stood with a walking cast on his right foot. He urges the man who hit him to turn himself in. “He never know if I could’ve been dead,” he said.
Anyone with information is asked to call Haverhill Police at 978-373-1212.
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