Hit and run driver strikes little boy

July 26, 2008 10:11:14 AM PDT
A 9-year-old boy is recovering from his injuries this morning after a hit and run in Brooklyn on Friday.It happened in the Brownsville section, on East New York Avenue, near St. Mark's.

Police are looking for the driver, who struck the boy just before 5:30 p.m. The boy was reportedly crossing the street when he was struck by a green car that had turned the corner.

Eyewitness News reporter Tim Fleischer was in a news van just a few cars away from the accident scene.

It was a chaotic scene as people rushed to the aid of the little boy, who was moving around quite a bit on the ground. They were keeping him calm as police began to arrive.

One witness said he chased the driver for several blocks before the driver went through a red light.

The boy was loaded into an ambulance and rushed to the hospital. The boy has been identified as 9-year-old Unique Peters. He was reportedly treated and released from Brookdale Hospital. The boy's stepfather says the child is resting at home.

"I just saw the green (car) hit him, roll over him and keep moving," one witness said. "he didn't stop. The light was red...he kept it going through that too."