Child hurt in hit-run; driver charged

KEARNY —

A 4-year-old boy was injured last Wednesday when he was struck by a hit-run driver while crossing the street with his mother at Belgrove Drive and Woodland Ave., Kearny police reported.

The motorist was tracked down and charged with driving while intoxicated. Police said she also had a suspended license.

Officers responding to the accident scene shortly after 7 p.m. on July 20 were told by witnesses that the car, a 2012 Kia driven by a middle-aged woman, had fled south on Belgrove. Police said Det. Michael Farinola and Officer Tim Castle found the vehicle on Johnston Ave. and located its owner/operator, identified as Ruby Ferreira, 54, of Kearny.

Following field sobriety tests and an Alcotest at headquarters, Ferreira was charged with DWI, driving while suspended, leaving the scene of an accident that resulted in injuries, failure to report an accident and failure to yield to pedestrians in a crosswalk.

Police said the child apparently suffered minor injuries — lacerations to his forehead — and was taken to Clara Maass Medical Center for evaluation.

Karen Zautyk | Observer Correspondent