EagleTribune.com, North Andover, MA

December 19, 2013

Boy, 10, still recovering from hit-and-run accident

Police seek driver who struck child on Broadway

By Mike LaBella

---- — HAVERHILL — Police are continuing to investigate a hit-and-run in which a 10-year-old boy was struck by a car and injured while crossing Broadway Nov. 11.

Aisea Cruz, a fifth grader at Consentino School, suffered pelvic and rib injuries. He has returned to school while recovering from the injuries.

The boy’s mother, Katy Cruz, said police told her they have little hard information to go on, other than a visual description of the vehicle provided by witnesses — a silver or grey Mercedes-Benz.

“A detective I spoke to said he is doing the best he can and that he sympathizes with me, but that he doesn’t have any leads,” Katy Cruz said. “Police told me they are still investigating and hope that someone will call them with a lead they can check up on.”

Police Deputy Chief Donald Thompson said the incident was investigated by Det. Carl Rogers and that since the accident there have been no new leads in the case.

“It’s still an active investigation and we’re asking the public for help,” Thompson said.

Police said the hit-and-run happened at 5:05 p.m. in front of All Saints Bowling Lanes at 26 Broadway while the boy was crossing the street.

Katy Cruz said her son landed on the hood of the car, and after he fell to the ground the driver stopped, got out of his vehicle, saw what he’d done and took off.

Cruz said her son was at the playground behind St. Joseph School of All Saints Parish playing basketball with two of his brothers and two cousins. She said the boys were on their way back to her Wingate Avenue home for dinner and were in a crosswalk when he was hit.

Police said a vehicle heading east towards Lafayette Square stopped to let the boys cross and while they were still in the crosswalk, a man in a silver or grey Mercedes-Benz who was exiting Lafayette Square and was heading west on Broadway struck the boy, according to a witness.

Katy Cruz said the boys described the driver as a 45- to 50-year-old man who was dressed in a white T-shirt, construction jacket and wore eyeglasses.

Katy Cruz said her son was released from the hospital after two days but ended up missing two weeks of school.

She said her son’s medical treatment resulted in bills that are piling up and which she can’t pay.

“If they find the driver I want him to pay for my son’s medical bills,” Cruz said.

Anyone with information about the accident can contact police at 978-373-1212. You can also leave a message on the police anonymous tip line by dialing 978-373-1212 and following the prompts.