The incident happened around 8:45 AM when the 9-year-old boy was reportedly crossing Route 9 at the intersection of Route 9 and 8th Street, when a van turning didn’t see him, and struck him.
Police tell TLS the child was dragged under the van for about 75 feet, until it came to a stop.
Dozens of emergency personnel responded to the scene, including a nearby Chaveirim member, and immediately began jacking up the van.
“I was able to get it (the van) just above the kid so it wasn’t resting on him anymore,” the Chaveirim member, Peretz Gershbaum, told TLS.
After about 15 minutes, Hatzolah, EMS and Lakewood First Aid managed to fully lift the van up, and remove the child. The victim was conscious.
Police say he suffered a broken femur and other injuries, though none appear to be life-threatening. He was transported by Hatzolah to Jersey Shore Medical Center.
A police officer en route to the call was involved in an accident, though he wasn’t injured. The patrol car crashed through a fence at the intersection of Route 9 and 10th Street.
UPDATE 12: 07 PM: In chilling new details, TLS has learned that the van driver was unaware that he had ran over a child.
Police tell TLS that luckily, a parole officer from out of town witnessed it, and pulled over the van.
“He (the driver) wanted to know why he was pulled over,” the officer – who wishes to remain anonymous – tells TLS. “There’s a child under your van,” the officer responded.”
“Had he not witnessed it, the child could have been killed,” the officer said.
Also assisting in stopping the van, was Lakewood resident Ron Holder, who also got the phone number to the child’s parents to notify them of the accident.
UPDATE 2:50 PM: The boy is currently undergoing surgery. The family is requesting that Tehillim be said as a Zchus. The name is Mordechai ben Yehudis Rus.