JERSEY CITY, N.J. (CBSNewYork) — A little boy struck by a vehicle while crossing a busy intersection in Jersey City has succumbed to his injuries, the Hudson County Prosecutor’s Office said.
The corner of Grove Street and Christopher Columbus Drive was bustling with people on Saturday until a car slammed into 8-year-old Jeremiah Grant, who was walking with his aunt and a group of children around 4:45 p.m.
“I saw a child lying in the middle of the street lifeless,” one man said said.
Witnesses say the young aunt was falling over in tears.
“All she could do was crying, just crying,” witness Angel Alvelo said. “She was just on the floor crying.”
Jeremiah was part of the Honey Bees, a champion double dutch jump rope team. The team was even featured on national television – appearing on “The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon” earlier this year.
Jeremiah was rushed to Jersey City Medical Center as bystanders screamed out to catch the driver. Israel Patterson says her coworkers chased after him.
“He was basically about to do a hit-and-run,” she said.
Investigators say the driver, a 60-year-old man from Union City, stopped near 114 Christopher Columbus Dr. after passing motorists and pedestrians alerted him he had struck the child.
The driver remained on scene as the collision was investigated.
No charges have been filed as the cause of the crash remains under investigation.