The child was struck at Christopher Columbus Drive and Grove Street and was transported to Jersey City Medical Center. Witnesses say there was a group of kids walking outside, and the 8-year-old rushed across the street when he or she was struck by an SUV.
CeFaan Kim was live at the scene:
One eyewitness was left traumatized.
"I could not work for a bit. It really broke my heart. I could not work for a while," said Charlene Chacon.
Witnesses say at first the driver did not stop, but several Good Samaritans were able to catch up to him on foot a half a block away. Jose Pimento says he wasn't driving away quickly and seemed dazed.
"I heard the screaming, so I noticed the guy was pulling away, so I ran after him and was able to stop the guy on foot. So I was able to stop him, and I start banging on his window. Another gentleman was following as well on foot and said he didn't know. He said he felt like he went over a bookbag," said Pimento.
The driver was stopped right in front of the salon where Angel Alvelo works. His coworker was one of several people who pulled the driver over.
BREAKING: cops examining this vehicle stopped half a block away from scene where child was struck in Jersey City. pic.twitter.com/eSX5l1aDW3— CeFaan Kim (@CeFaanKim) October 28, 2017
"He said he didn't see the kid. That's what he said," said Avelo.
The driver reportedly did not try to leave once they pulled him over - he says he just wanted to know what happened.
Police say the driver remained on scene, and they are not calling it a hit-and-run.