East Bridgewater police are asking for the public’s help in identifying an SUV driver they say was involved in a hit-and-run crash with an 11-year-old girl over the weekend.
Authorities received a 911 call reporting a crash involving a cyclist and a motor vehicle in the area of 143 Bedford St. shortly after 5:30 p.m. Sunday, police said in a news release. Their initial investigation revealed that the victim was struck while riding his bicycle after exiting a small path that leads from Route 18 to the rear parking lot of Central Elementary School.
Paramedics assessed the victim at the scene and police said her mother refused to have her taken to the hospital by ambulance.
Investigators quickly determined that before the crash, a blue SUV – possibly a blue 2023-2024 Lexus NX – had entered the parking lot from Central Street. The driver planned to use the parking lot as a shortcut to Bedford Street, police said, but then turned around and headed back toward the parking lot entrance, Central Street.
After turning, the SUV struck the victim and pushed him about 60 feet, although police said they did not believe the driver was speeding at the time. A woman wearing a blue medical coat then allegedly got out of the SUV and spoke to the victim before leaving the scene.
Police released video of the crash, which shows the SUV driving through the parking lot and turning around before hitting the victim as she left the path on her bike.
Police are still investigating the accident. Anyone with information about this incident or the SUV involved is asked to call police at 508-378-7223.
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