While four-year-old Christopher Currid and his father, Bobby Currid, were visiting a friend’s house in Philadelphia, an ice cream truck came along attracting Christopher and other children to it. After the ice cream truck parked across the street, it raised its stop sign so the children could make their purchase. After getting his ice cream, Christopher thanked his father and that is when he was struck by a vehicle that decided to go around the ice cream truck rather than stop for the children [Source: NBC Philadelphia].
After hitting the four-year-old and dragging him down the road, the driver fled the scene without ever stopping to see if the child was alright. Although Bobby Currid attempted to chase the vehicle to identify who the driver was, the car got away and turned onto Interstate 95. Bobby told NBC Philadelphia reporters that he then went and grabbed his bleeding child from off the ground and took him to the firehouse which happened to be close by. Paramedics then rushed Christopher to the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia where he was listed as being in critical condition.
The source also says he was placed in an induced coma.
After the incident, family and friends “pleaded for the driver to be apprehended.” William Kennedy, who is a friend of Currid’s family said, “Whatever happens, happens, but you just can’t leave it alone. You just hit the kid and just left him in the middle of the street. If that was your kid, would you just leave him in the middle of the street? I wouldn’t leave the kid in the middle of the street, that’s not right.” Bobby Currid also asked that the driver do the right thing and come forward. Police have issued a surveillance video that captured the vehicle and they say it may have been a silver Honda Accord with tinted windows.
NBC Philadelphia says that the Philadelphia Fraternal Order of Police Lodge No.5 is offering a $5,000 reward for any information that would lead to an arrest.
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