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13-year-old hit by car fleeing from police on Cleveland's east side

Posted at 10:03 PM, Feb 22, 2018
and last updated 2018-02-23 15:32:14-05

A 13-year-old injured in a hit and run Thursday night on the Cleveland and East Cleveland border is still in the hospital Friday.

According to East Cleveland police, it all started as a pursuit of a stolen car — an officer pulled up behind a gray Chevy Cavalier and its plates registering as stolen.

The officer followed but the driver wouldn't stop and instead kept going faster. The officer followed the car, reaching 45mph in a 25 mph zone.

The officer stopped right past the Cleveland border, according to the East Cleveland Police report.

The two men in the Cavalier kept going, right through an intersection and left of center.
Three people crossing the street ran to get away from the car, but only two made it.

"The driver, who was fleeing East Cleveland police, hit a 13-year-old boy crossing the street," Cleveland Police sergeant Jennifer Ciaccia told News 5, "That child sustained some fairly serious injuries."

The two people in the Cavalier kept on driving but "the East Cleveland officer administered first aid to the child," Sergeant Ciaccia explained.

That boy was rushed to University Hospital's Rainbow babies with a broken leg and arm.

The boy was reportedly in stable condition Friday.

The Cavalier was found abandoned in Cleveland and set on fire after it was ditched, police said.

Sergeant Jennifer Ciaccia told News 5 they're working to find the two men behind all of it, who will face charges in both cities.

"The public is our eyes and ears, so what we really need is someone to call police if you have any information. Even if it's a small tip, that we can follow up. You can even report anonymously through Crimestoppers," she said.

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