Police search for hit-and-run driver that struck child on Mother's Day

Police search for hit-and-run driver that struck child on Mother's Day

BIRDSBORO, Pa. - Police in Birdsboro are searching for the driver who struck a 6-year-old boy on Mother's Day and fled the scene.

"It's not right," said Nathan Lenhardt, the victim's stepfather.

Police said it happened shortly after 1 p.m. in the 100 block of S. Orange St., an alleyway behind the family's home.

Lenhardt said he and his wife were working in their garage, as Matthew was walking his bicycle just feet away.

"A car came flying down the alley… hit him, slowed down right in here and actually just took off, kept going… you can see actually the tire marks," said Lenhardt.

Lenhardt told 69 News that Matthew suffered from a concussion, and an abrasion on his head. He said the boy had bruises all over his body and was transported for medical treatment.

Nearby surveillance captured images of the car, described by police as a black, later-model Toyota Camry. Police believe the driver is a stocky white female, approximately 20 to 30 years old, with brown hair.

"The lady looked dead at me and then took off," said Lenhardt, who attempted to run after the vehicle but couldn't catch up.

Right now, police have no suspects, but believe the driver could be someone living locally.

"S. Orange St. could be considered, in many municipalities, as an alley… so for someone to travel down there at the rate of speed they were, leads us to believe it might be someone at least familiar with the borough," said Birdsboro Police Chief Ted Roth.

Now, Roth is urging people to be on the lookout.

"We need to bring this young lady to justice, for the crash, and for leaving the crash," said Roth.

Meanwhile, Matthew is steadily recovering, although Lenhardt said the 6-year-old seems traumatized.

"He's scared, he's having nightmares at nighttime," said Lenhardt. "He's scared to leave our side."

Anyone with information is urged to contact the Birdsboro Police Department at 610-582-6037, or Crime Alert Berks County Tip Line at 1-877-373-9913.

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