Family Of 11 Year-Old Boy Struck By Vehicle, Spreads Awareness

boy struck pine mlkPHOTOS: (Photo in extended article contains women) The family of an 11 year-old boy struck and injured by a vehicle, is doing what they can to prevent it from happening again. The boy, pictured, was driving his bicycle on Pine Street last Thursday morning, when a driver stuck him, leaving him with a broken Collar Bone. The driver then fled the scene. This pine and mlk protestafternoon, the family stood in the hot sun at the intersection of Pine Street and Martin Luther King Drive, holding signs reading “Drive Safer”, “Hit and Run 11 yr old” and “Slow Down”, in attempt to get drivers to slow down on the high-speed road. The family also hopes the driver who fled the scene may turn himself in, or is tracked by the Police. TLS-GB/TLS-CAC/TLS-CCP

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20 COMMENTS

  1. How can anyone drive away after hitting a child without even attempting to help? The posted speed in that area is 35. That is the LIMIT of speed you should be driving.

    Please drive safe and responsible. Hope the boy recovers quickly!

    N.J.S.A. 39:4-129:
    Leaving the scene of an accident causing personal injury- 8 POINTS*

    (* this does include other violations the driver may have committed.)

  2. Just a comment as I live in the area. The traffic in the neighborhood is terrible. There are side walks. an 11 year old should NOT be riding a bike in the street on the corner of Pine and MLK. This does not in any way excuse the driver. Yes, many kids do ride bikes there.

  3. distracting motorists to slow down and read the posted signs can cause more accidents causing more harm then good. there is a right and wrong way to spread awareness for this cause. Please do not continue to confuse already distracted motorists.

  4. THE DRIVER SHOULD NOT ONLY HAVE SLOWed DOWN HE SHOULD HAVE STOPPED TO MAKE SURE THE YOUNG BOY WAS ALRIGHT….THE DRIVER WILL BE TAKEN CARE OF BY GOD WHEN HE RETURNS HOME….

  5. I do understand that accidents happen. Drivers are distracted, and children should be riding on sidewalks. I totally agree. People can be mad at us for distracting already “distracted drivers”, and why the words collar bone were capitalized. But our efforts today was to show a young boy that his life means more to us then some kid that was hit and left on the side of the road. No matter whose fault it was, the driver didn’t stop nor did anyone else. Thats uncomprehedable to me as a human being. SHAME ON YOU!!!

  6. Do you want to be responsible for a driver who is caught reading your signs and hops a curb or doesn’t see a pedestrian crossing? Do 2 wrongs make it right? Or does misery just like company. I don’t mean to be so harsh, I feel terrible for the little boy and his family.But I don’t think causing another accident will help anyone!

  7. Workin guy;
    Do you read road signs while you drive? Street signs? Look in your rearview mirror? Check the time on your watch? Look out for policemen if you are speeding, on the phone, texting, or going through a yellow light?
    Then stop kvetching about some people trying to save peoples lives.
    BTW if you can’t drive a read a sign on the side of the road then PLEASE DON’T GET BEHIND THE WHEEL OF A CAR!!
    Every street, road, and highway has distractions and if you can’t handle them then you have no business biend on the road.

  8. Kvetch:
    My point exaclty. we dont need any more distractions then we already have. thank you for pointing it out.
    The most distracting sign of all are hand written signs held by petitioners. Ask around, I bet every single car that drove by slowed to peer at the barely legible sign.

  9. I once saw a car hit a boy on a bike. The boy flew right up in the air and came down, but, he got up seemingly okay and got back on his bike. The driver did not even get out of his car to see if he was okay. Maybe it was green light for the driver and red for the boy, I don’t remember, but, he should have have stopped and checked anyway.

  10. To Stacey Souders:
    We need more people like you! I love your reaction to this negative experience, to reassure the boy that his life is worthy of your time and effort, and that you simultaneously took a peaceful public stance to protest this kind of avoidable accidents. Thank you, and zei gezunt (be well)!

  11. to those saying bicyclists should ride on the sidewalk…..it is ILLEGAL to ride a bicycle the sidewalk…..people should just try to focus on driving instead of everything else like checking calenders on cell phones

  12. I was not there and I don’t know what happened; therefore, I am not going to point a finger at anyone. However, I know this young man and I feel that his well-being matters to me. I am glad to know that his family cares for him and I think the demonstration was important. At times like this, it may seem as though the world has gone mad and that nobody cares. If I was there, I would have stopped … and I know many others who would have done the same (of various cultures and religions from our diverse township). I wish him and his family well.

  13. Its ashame that happened to him now hes my boyfriend and to look back i thank god for him because god had a purpose if not he would have died but he didnt so everyone should also be thankful for that

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