Justice sought for child victims of hit-and-run crashes in Boston

There have been two hit and runs in Boston involving young children within days.

Boston Police identified the driver in one of the incidents and made an arrest in the second one that happened Friday morning.

The 11-year-old who was hit earlier this week remains in the hospital but on Friday we learned there was some progress. Francis Nedwell should be in 5th grade but instead he’s recovering at Boston Children’s Hospital.

Boston Police said a driver hit him Wednesday and then took off. Francis’s Aunt, Kimberly Jones, has been by his side.

“Giving him anesthesia from here to here helping his lungs to breath. One of this lungs collapsed. They just moved him from the ICU. It’s a good sign,” said Jones.

There was another hit-and-run Friday morning in Hyde Park right outside the Boston Police Academy.

Police tracked down the car and arrested Tyrese Hamilton, 30, of Hartford, Connecticut. He was arraigned Friday in the West Roxbury Division of Boston Municipal Court on a charge of leaving the scene of a motor vehicle crash causing personal injury in connection with a crash that injured a child. Assistant District Attorney Emerson Pena requested bail of $5,000. Instead, a judge imposed $1,500 bail and ordered Hamilton not to drive without a license.

Local residents are stunned by the hit-and-run crashes.

“The climate right now in general is just wild. This world is crazy right now so I don’t know what is going through people’s heads,” a resident said.

Boston Police said they also identified the driver of this white SUV who hit Nedwell.

Acting Boston Mayor Kim Janey wrote in a statement: “My sympathies are with the children hurt and their families. No child should have to fear vehicular traffic. As the change of seasons brings darker mornings and evenings, it is increasingly important that drivers be vigilant and exercise caution on the roads.”

Livable Streets Executive Director Stacy Thompson said in the city of Boston, there are thousands of injury crashes every year.

The street-safety advocacy group has been working with cities like Boston to approach infrastructure with strategies to slow cars down.

“It’s about creating roadway conditions that don’t cause congestion but help vehicles go at the speed limit or lower,” Thompson said.

The Nedwell family is focusing on Francis’ recovery but also holding out for justice.

“I’m hopeful that they can get this person as soon as possible,” said Jones.

Nedwell is in stable condition we are told but his family said he has a long recovery ahead.

Police said they have put in for a warrant on the driver who they identified.