Hit-and-run driver strikes 4-year-old boy in Germantown [video]

 Surveillance footage just before the hit-and-run. (Courtesy of NBC10)

Surveillance footage just before the hit-and-run. (Courtesy of NBC10)

Warning: The video of the hit-and-run at the bottom of this post is graphic.

A 4-year-old boy was taken to the hospital after being struck by an SUV which fled the scene in Germantown on Thursday afternoon.

The hit-and-run, during which the youth was not critically injured, was captured on surveillance video which police are using in an attempt to find the driver.

The incident occurred as the youth and his teenage sister were attempting to cross Seymour Street at Germantown Ave.

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Police told NewsWorks on Friday that the driver was turning his newer-model silver Dodge Nitro onto Seymour Street from Germantown Ave. around 4:30 p.m.

After striking the child, he “got out of the vehicle, talked to people at the location, didn’t provide any identification and drove off,” police spokeswoman Officer Christine O’Brien said.

He is described as a black male in his mid-60s, about 5-feet 7-inches tall with a medium build and was wearing a yellow polo shirt, blue jeans, a tan hat and sunglasses at the time of the hit-and-run.

“He got out of his car and walked over, I said to him, ‘You hit that little boy,'” witness Vincent Saunders told NBC10. “I told him to park on the side, but he spun off.”

The child was taken to Albert Einstein Medical Center, telling medics he was in pain after being struck. He has since been released, according to people at the True Value Pik a Pack location from which cameras captured the hit-and-run.

In that recording, the boy is shown taking several steps away from his sister, colliding with the side of the vehicle, falling backwards and violently hitting his head on the ground. The driver stops, gets out of the car but takes off just over a minute and a half later.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the Philadelphia Police Department’s tipsline at (215) 686-TIPS, text a tip to PPD TIP (773847) or send it in via the department’s website.

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