POMPANO BEACH (CBSMiami) – A 6-year-old-boy remains hospitalized in critical condition after being hit by a car while he was riding a scooter on the sidewalk.
According to BSO’s Mike Jachles, two cars were involved in a crash near 800 NW 5th Avenue in Pompano Beach around 1:45 p.m. Sunday.
Like many neighbors in the area Myron Perkins ran outside when he heard the crash.
“Sounded bad. Sounded like somebody ran into a building or something,” said Perkins.
Both vehicles ended up on the sidewalk and somehow Robert Glover Jr. was hit while riding his scooter.
“When I ran down there to see what happened I saw the little boy lying on the ground,” said Perkins. “He was just lying on one side, when I went down there the first time he wasn’t breathing, then he started breathing once everyone started talking to him. I just hope he’s doing ok.”
According to BSO, Marcus Permenter, 28, was driving northbound on NW 5 Avenue when he ran a stop sign and struck the 1991 Toyota Camry, driven by Chiledric Jacques, 51. Jacques’ car was westbound on NW 8 Street. The initial impact caused Permenter’s Cutlass to strike a fence, the child on the scooter, a parked minivan, a tree, then came to rest after hitting a pickup truck. The Camry spun around three times before coming to rest in a yard on the northwest corner of the intersection.
Glover’s father watched the entire accident happen.
“He flew down the street and ran a stop sign you know,” said the boy’s father Robert Glover.
Glover was taken to Broward General Medical Center with life-threatening injuries.
“I’m just praying on my son. I don’t want my son to die,” said his father.
Permenter, Jacques and three others in the Camry were all taken to North Broward Medical Center with non-life threatening injuries.
The boy’s father said he knows the driver and forgives him for hurting his son.
“I don’t want the driver to go to jail for the rest of his life. I don’t want him to go to jail. Mistakes happen,” said Glover.
Meantime, neighbors said speeding and racing are a major problem in the area and a tragedy like this was bound to happen sooner or later.
“Young guys out there speeding, building these cars to race. They need to put speed bumps in this residential neighborhood, it needs to stop,” said neighbor Rodney Martin.
Bernice Martin agreed.
“Just slow down. This is not a speedway, this is a residential neighborhood and there are kids out, so everybody needs to take their time and slow down.”
Neighbors feel for the little boy who could lose his life.
“Little fella, he’s always riding up and down the street on his little thing. It’s sad,” said Bernice Martin.