BRIDGEPORT -- Another child has been struck in Bridgeport by a hit and run driver -- the second such incident in nine days.
It happened around 8 a.m. Thursday when an 10-year-old boy was struck while in the crosswalk on his way to class at Bryant School.
Bill Kaempffer, police spokesman, said the boy was in the crosswalk at the corner of Howard and Maplewood avenues when "one vehicle stopped to let him cross, but a second vehicle did not stop."
The student, who was not identified, received minor injuries with a laceration to his ear and some abrasions. Kaempffer said the boy was taken to the hospital as a precaution.
Once the boy was struck, the driver drove away with a witness chasing after the car, Kaempffer said. The driver then abandoned by the vehicle a short distance away and then fled on foot.
The car -- a white Toyota Corrolla, was rented from a Danbury car business.
Kaempffer said "police have identified the person who rented the vehicle and are pursuing leads."
Sharice Wilson, a witness, said she saw the child being put into the ambulance. "I walk my kids by here every day, hundreds of kids pass by here on the way to Bryant School, and it's dangerous,'' Wilson said, standing at the intersection. "There is a crossing guard but sometimes she doesn't get here until after 8 a.m.,'' the mother said.
Meanwhile, the other child hit and run victim remains in an induced coma.
Corey Gordon, 2, is in serious but stable condition at Yale-New Haven Children's Hospital following the April 30 hit and run accident in front of his Capitol Avenue home.
His mother, Ericka Parmlee had just parked outside her home about 9 p.m. when she took Corey out of the car and, holding his hand, reached back into its front seat to grab her purse when a passing car hit the child, throwing him beneath a vehicle parked several feet away.
Parmlee knows that when her son eventually wakes up, he will find the left side of his body paralyzed. But since the crash she has learned little if anything from city police, who have yet to release a description of the vehicle that hit Corey, whose condition has stabilized.
On Tuesday night, Bridgeport police spent hours on Capitol Avenue home, knocking on their neighbors' doors and handing out fliers to passing drivers in an attempt to solicit information about the hit-and-run crash that left Corey with severe head trauma.
Bridgeport police ask anyone with information on the car or driver involved in that crash to call 203-576-8126 or send a text message to 274637 with the code TIP717 and a message.