EagleTribune.com, North Andover, MA

November 12, 2013

Boy, 10, recovering at hospital from hit-and-run accident

Police searching for driver

By Mike LaBella

---- — HAVERHILL — The mother of a 10-year-old boy hit by a car while trying to cross Broadway said her son landed on the hood of the car that hit him, and after he fell to the ground the driver stopped, got out of his vehicle, saw what he’d done and took off.

“I’m angry at the driver,” said Katy Cruz. “He left my son there as if he was a piece of trash.”

Her son, Aisea Cruz, is a fifth-grader at Consentino School and was recuperating in a Boston hospital with pelvic and rib injuries and other bruises.

Police said the hit-and-run happened on Monday at 5:05 p.m. in front of All Saints Bowling Lanes at 26 Broadway.

Cruz said her son was at the playground behind St. Joseph School of All Saints Parish playing basketball with his brothers Angel Hernandez, 15, Victor Hernandez, 13, and two nephews from Lowell. She said the boys were on their way back to her Wingate Avenue home for dinner and were in a crosswalk when her son was hit.

“They always use the crosswalk and never cross unless cars are stopped,” Cruz said. “They know better.”

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.

Cruz said her son Victor, who at 6-feet-2 inches and 180 pounds is big for his age, lifted Aisea off the ground and carried him across the street to their home. She said an ambulance took him to Lawrence General Hospital. He was then transferred to a Boston area hospital.

“He’s doing a little better,” she said yesterday afternoon.

Cruz said she was told that after a big truck stopped to let the group cross the street, a car exiting Lafayette Square ran a red light in front of the CVS in the square and hit her son, who weighs 88 pounds and is about 4-feet 9-inches tall.

She said her 17-year-old nephew told her the driver stopped, got out of the car to see what he hit, then got back in and drove away.

She 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.

“My nephew got a good look at the car,” Cruz said. “He told me the hood was dented when Aisea landed on it.”

Anyone with information about this accident is asked to contact Haverhill Police Detective Carl Rogers at 978-373-1212, ext. 1557.