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Hit-and-run in Midwood

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An 8-year-old Midwood boy is in stable condition after the driver of a minivan struck him on Avenue J near E. 29th Street and fled the scene on March 20.

The boy was crossing Avenue J in a crosswalk on his way to the store at about 7:51 am on Thursday when the driver of a green Dodge Caravan traveling eastbound on Avenue J struck him, police said.

The child was alone, but his mother watched in horror from a nearby window as the scene unfolded, according to police.

A witness alerted the Flatbush Hatzoloh immediately after the accident, and the volunteer ambulance rushed the boy to Lutheran Hospital, according to a spokeswoman from the organization.

The boy suffered a fractured left leg and is listed in stable condition, police said.

The NYPD’s Collision Investigation Squad, which responds to serious traffic incidents, responded to the scene several hours later, because the Hatzoloh did not alert police to the extent of the boy’s injuries, police said. A Hatzoloh spokeswoman said it is not the organization’s policy to call police.

When a police supervisor went to the hospital and saw the severity of the child’s injuries, the supervisor ordered the Collision Investigation Squad to the scene, police said.

Anyone with information about the hit-and-run is asked to call the 70th Precinct at (718) 851–5511.

Reach reporter Max Jaeger at or by calling (718) 260-8303. Follow him on Twitter @MJaeger88.
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ann winters from marine park says:
That mother is lucky her child is alive. Letting an 8 years old cross that busy intersection without supervision. Great job mom. That intersection is so busy and an average 8 yr. old is just too short to be clearly seen by drivers.
March 21, 2014, 8:08 am
Anon from Brooklyn says:
Hatzalah does not have a spokeswoman. They have a spokesman. And they DO have a policy to notify the police when taking a patient from an accident to the hospital.

Something obviously went wrong here, but I can assure you that Hatzalah doesn't take these kinds of failures lightly.
March 21, 2014, 2:34 pm
BSSP from Midwood says:
They only notify if it is a Non-Jew driver, if the driver is Jewish, they tell him to keep going.

Happened more than once. There are two standards!
March 21, 2014, 3:24 pm
HBoy from Midwood says:
They actually did call the police. You can get the recording on Radioreference.
March 21, 2014, 4:13 pm
JewishPride from New York says:
Gotta love all the rampant anti-semitism! What is it about being Jewish and having this dedicated group of individuals who respond day and night to emergencies that irks all the anti-semites out there? Does it make you feel good saying these things about others? Would you like the organization to be eliminated? What is it exactly that would make u happy?
March 21, 2014, 4:19 pm
Anon from Brooklyn says:
Go to 8:15 of this recording and you will see that this was called in to 911.
March 21, 2014, 5:06 pm
CD29 from Bk says:
Nice recording lets see all the smart comments now..
March 22, 2014, 8:06 pm
BOB S. from Brooklyn says:
I was driving by after the accident - hatozlah was still there and so was a FDNY fire truck, my question is if no one called 911 how did FDNY get there?
March 22, 2014, 9:14 pm

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