Haverford High School Student Struck By SUV, Motorist Drives Off: Police
The 14-year-old male student is in critical condition at CHOP.
This past Friday at 10:25 p.m. a Haverford High School freshman was allegedly struck by a black SUV, where the driver fled the scene, Upper Darby Police Superintendent Michael Chitwood has told the Haverford-Havertown Patch Monday morning.
The incident happened when the 14-year-old male student was with three other friends when they approached the intersection of Township Line Road and Bryan Street, when the three friends, on their bikes, stopped at the intersection while the victim wearing earphones kept going on his skateboard, Chitwood explained.
That is when a late model black SUV with tinted windows allegedly “struck him on the passenger side, knocking him off his skateboard and sent him flying 30 feet into the air and landed on the road,” Chitwood said in the phone interview.
That is when the driver allegedly made a turn onto the one-way Agnew Drive, going the wrong way and parked to inspect the damage done to his vehicle, a witness told police, Chitwood stated. The driver allegedly then drove off at “high speed” and turned down into an alley.
“These hit-and-run people are like using a gun (when they hit a person with a vehicle). They are probably on drugs or drinking and have a suspended license,” Chitwood said. “He was more worried about his car.”
The 14-year-old boy suffered a broken hip, internal and head injuries, Chitwood explained, adding that he was conscious when police got to the scene. The boy was taken to the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, where he currently resides.
Chitwood has called for the public’s help in identifying the driver, who is described as a white male, between 30 to 40 years old, 5’ 9” and wearing either a red sweater or sweatshirt. Chitwood urged those with any information to call police at 610-734-7677.
Haverford High School Principal Dr. Jeffrey Nesbitt stated in an email to Patch that he could not comment on the incident.