A New Jersey boy who was part of a championship double dutch team was struck and killed by a car in Jersey City as he was walking home.
8-year-old Jeremiah Grant was with a group of other kids on Saturday when he rushed across the street and was hit by a car. Although the boy was rushed to Jersey City Medical Center, he died the next day.
According to witnesses, the driver at first pulled off in an attempt to get away , but several Good Samaritans were able to catch up to him by running after him.
Sad update: 8 year-old Jeremiah Grant struck by a car in Jersey City yesterday has died. Photos courtesy Takeria Clark. pic.twitter.com/WEtSYWVAxE
— CeFaan Kim (@CeFaanKim) October 29, 2017
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
One of those Good Samaritans was Jose Pimento, who said that the driver appeared to be 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..[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,” he said.
The driver, a 60-year-old man, reportedly did not try to leave after being pulled over, and the police remained on the scene. They are not characterizing the incident as a hit-and-run, and no charges have yet been filed.
Jeremiah was part of the Honey Bees, a champion double-dutch roping group, which has even appeared on “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon.”