ACTON, MASS. (WHDH) - A hit-and-run in Acton injured a teen pedestrian Wednesday night, officials said.
Acton Police and Fire said they received a 911 call at 6:15 p.m. about a crash involving a pedestrian on Great Road near Harris Street. When responders arrived, they found a young boy with serious injuries.
The 13-year-old, who was in a crosswalk when he was hit, was transported by ambulance first to the Wetherbee Street Fields then flown by medical helicopter to a Boston-area hospital, Police Chief Richard Burrows and Fire Chief Robert Hart said. He remained hospitalized Thursday afternoon.
“Your heart breaks no matter where you live when this happens,” said Erika Labb, who stepped in to help. “Your heart breaks for the family, the friends, the child.”
She returned to the scene Thursday morning, where she said several Good Samaritans jumped into action to help.
“I just brought the blanket over, there were other people there with the child, which made me feel good about humanity, and that person, I think, that had been a witness, there were several witnesses (was) directing the traffic,” she added.
Abdumalik Adikhanov, who owns a nearby business, said he saw traffic backing up, and went outside to see a child had been hit by a vehicle.
“I saw the kid was on the floor, on the ground,” Adikhanov said. “They were taking care of the child and there was a crowd of people. It is upsetting because this is the road so, we must be precautious and careful on the road.”
Initial investigation by responders indicated the child was struck while crossing the street on the crosswalk. The involved vehicle, described as a black sedan and possibly a Nissan, fled the scene.
Acton Fire Chief Robert Hart said these types of calls are always difficult to take.
“It’s a sad tragedy and our hearts bleed for the family and the young man, and hopefully he has a full recovery,” he said.
Roads in the area were closed, but have since reopened.
The crash is under investigation by police and the State Police Collision Analysis and Reconstruction Section. Officials ask anyone with information on this incident, or information on the vehicle involved, to call Acton Police at 978-264-9638. Acton Police are also interested in reviewing any home surveillance footage.
A GoFundMe campaign has been created for the victim.
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