22-year-old suspect arrested after 5-year-old child struck by car in Cleveland

22-year-old suspect arrested after 5-year-old child struck by car in Cleveland
22-year-old suspect arrested after 5-year-old child struck by car in Cleveland (Source: WOIO)

CLEVELAND, Ohio (WOIO) - Cleveland Police have arrested a 22-year-old man for taking off after striking a child on West 56th Friday afternoon.

22-year-old suspect arrested after 5-year-old child struck by car in Cleveland

The little boy is recovering in the hospital after he was hit by a car in front of his home in Cleveland Friday afternoon. Police say the driver took off.

"It scares me because what if that was my kid,” said Nadera Lall who lives on the same block as the 5-year-old boy was hit.

Cleveland Police say a 5-year-old boy was hit by a silver sedan crossing West 56th street just south of Clark Avenue Friday afternoon. The car sped off.

"I immediately looked out my window I seen a car squeal it’s tires and take off down the street about 90 miles an hour,” a neighbor told us.

One of his neighbors heard the boy’s mother’s cries from his home down the block.

"I heard screaming, ‘My kid, my kid!’ and I ran outside, and they said the lady's kid got hit by a car."

Paramedics took the little boy to Metro Health Hospital. Thankfully, he is expected to be okay. Police arrested the driver a few hours later.

“I don’t let my kids play on the street for the same reason, hit and run,” said Lall. “Hit and run is everywhere."

A little more than a week ago a third-grade girl was also victim of a hit-and-run driver not too far from here on West 73rd and Dearborn Avenue. She was hit while getting off the school bus and she is recovering from a leg injury. Police are still searching for two men they believe were driving the car.

Nadera Lall is a mother of two and has lived on this street for six years.

“A couple months ago they hit a dog killed it and they drove off and today they hit that kid and they drove off,” she told 19 News. “So, this street either they need more signs or something because this is not the first time.”

Lall says drivers constantly speed 20 miles over the limit or more. Her 6-year-old son goes to school with the little boy who was hit. He had a message for him tonight.

"Hope you feel better dear friend,” Philip Sooppersaud said.

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