Acton police searching for driver who hit teen in crosswalk

Acton police are searching for a hit-and-run driver who struck and seriously injured a teenager who was walking in a crosswalk on Wednesday night.

The hit-and-run crash happened in the crosswalk at Great Road and Harris Street around 6:15 p.m., according to Acton Police.

Officers and firefighters both rushed to the area of Route 2A and found a 13-year-old boy suffering from serious injuries. The teen had to be flown to a Boston hospital to get immediate treatment.

Based on the initial investigation, police believe it was a black sedan, possibly a Nissan, that hit the teen and fled.

Police released surveillance video of the black sedan in question. They’re asking the public for any information regarding the dark-colored SUV (or sedan) traveling east on Great Road.

Boston 25 obtained one video showing three teens walking by a business right before the 13 year-old was hit. A car dealer’s surveillance camera captured two boys and a girl cutting through their lot just feet from the crash scene. Another nearby pet store told us the girl in the video bought some items for her cat, so it appears they may have been on their way back home when the hit-and-run crash occurred.

Erica Labb stopped her car and ran over with a blanket. Other people were already helping the boy. “Just brought the blanket over. There were other people there with the child which made me feel good about humanity,” said Labb.

The victim is a student at RJ Grey Junior High School, according to officials, and is continuing to receive care for his injuries.

In a statement, the Acton-Boxborough Regional School District said, “our thoughts and prayers are with the student and the family. Counselors and other school staff have met with individual students who have needed additional support during the day.

We talked to one woman who uses the same crosswalk every day and described a close call she had recently. “An older woman stopped for me and four cars rear ended her,” said the woman.

State Senator Jamie Eldridge says they just met with state highway officials about making these crosswalks safer after a fatal pedestrian incident several weeks ago. “Have lit crosswalks, it could be a red light crosswalk, it could be blinking yellow lights and then better signage and better lights so the cars can see the lights at night,” said Eldridge.

Police are continuing to investigate and need the public’s help. If you have any information, you’re urged give Acton police a call at 978-264-9638

This is a developing story. Check back for updates as more information becomes available.

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