BROCKTON (CBS) – A 2-year-old boy remains hosptitalized in critical condition a day after he was hit by a car in Brockton.
Neyden Tavares was walking with his mother on Market Street Tuesday night around 7:30 p.m. when he darted out into the road.
Police say Tavares’ mother tried to grab him, but couldn’t reach him fast enough and he was hit by a 27-year-old East Bridgewater man in a Toyota Camry.
Tavares remains in critical condition at Massachusetts General Hospital.
The driver stopped at the scene and cooperated with police. Officers could be seen talking to the driver and inspecting his cell phone.
According to police, the man hit the brakes when he saw the boy, but could not stop in time.
Haylee Garcia, a family friend who rushed to the scene after the crash, is watching the young boy’s sister while the family spends time at the hospital.
“She’s OK. She’s keeping her head up,” said Garcia. “She’s concerned about her mom, brother and father.”
Massachusetts State Police have taken over reconstructing and investigating the crash. As of Wednesday morning, the driver has not been cited.
Garcia described Neyden Tavares as “always smiling and happy.”
“I’m praying for him every day to be OK,” said Garcia.