Police investigate after toddler hit by car in Brockton

BROCKTON (WHDH) - A child was rushed to the hospital after getting hit by a car in Brockton Tuesday evening.

Neyden Tavares, 2, was struck by a car on Market Street, which was shut down as police investigated.

A family friend told 7News the boy’s mother was nearby when this happened and she heard screaming and crying.

According to Brockton Police, Tavares was walking with his mother when he ran away from her and darted into the street.

The driver, a 27-year-old man from East Bridgewater, has not been charged or cited. He stayed at the scene and told police he saw the boy run into the street and slammed on his brakes and swerved. Police said it does appear he did both things.

The toddler was quickly put into an ambulance and rushed to a nearby hospital. He was then taken by medical helicopter to Boston.

Accident reconstruction crews are now trying to figure out what happened.

Police are calling the incident a horrible accident and have not charged the driver.

Neighbors said the street is a busy one and people who live there always keep an eye out when children are playing.

On Wednesday, Tavares’ grandfather said his condition is “so-so.” He said the boy has swelling on his brain and now the family is hoping the boy survives.

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