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Vehicle sought in hit-and-run involving 10-year-old, police say

Life-threatening injuries were reported, Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office says

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – The Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office on Wednesday night asked for help locating a car that police say struck a 10-year-old and an adult who were crossing a street.

According to the Sheriff’s Office, life-threatening injuries were reported in the hit-and-run, though it’s unclear if both the child and adult sustained life-threatening injuries.

Police said at about 3 p.m., as a “marked and lighted” school bus was dropping off children along Hyde Park Road, the child and adult were struck while crossing the street in front of a bus. The Sheriff’s Office said the car fled the area and was last seen traveling south on Hyde Park Road toward Blanding and Wilson boulevards.

Click here to visit the GoFundMe for the mother and son hit by car Wednesday

The green car was said to have what appeared to be a garbage bag on the back driver’s side window. The driver was described as a female with red hair.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office at 904-630-0500 or through email at JSOCrimeTips@jaxsheriff.org. To remain anonymous and receive a possible reward up to $3,000 contact Crime Stoppers at 1-866-845-TIPS.

Dearah Neevel lives down the street and saw police arrive.

“I have two children that ride the school bus and both of them have to cross the street, so it makes me feel even though they’re 13 or 16 that I can’t even let them walk by themselves, that I need to go and pick them up,” Neevel said.

About the Author:

Renee Beninate is a Florida native and award-winning reporter who joined the News4Jax team in June 2021.