Child Hit By Car In City; Charges Expected

Charges are pending for a 27-year-old man after he allegedly struck a child with his vehicle in the city of Jamestown.

Officers were alerted to the accident around 9:30 p.m. Thursday in the 300 block of East Fifth Street. It was learned a 2-year-old child was struck by a 2007 Chevrolet HHR while the child was walking with family in the road.

According to the Jamestown Police Department in a news release Friday, the driver of the vehicle did not initially stop after the collision, but instead pulled into a parking lot at East Fourth and East Second streets.

A group of people who witnessed the incident approached the vehicle and reportedly broke out the driver’s side window. The driver — who was not identified by name or address — drove away in fear of being harmed but stopped on Franklin Street where he was met by officers.

The 2-year-old was taken to UPMC Chautauqua and treated for non-life-threatening injuries, JPD said. The investigation remains ongoing.

“We are looking into both aspects of this situation to determine how this happened,” said Capt. Robert Samuelson of the Jamestown Police Department. “The driver will be charged with leaving the scene as he did not stop as required by law. We are also concerned about why the family was walking in the road with their 2-year-old child. We are extremely fortunate that this was not resulting in more serious injuries to the child.”

The vehicle was impounded by the department.

The name of the driver and information on the charges are expected to be released later.


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