Cops are refuting allegations that the 12-year-old boy hospitalized after being hit by a car in Mill Basin may have been chased into traffic.
Officials said that Xavier Summers, a student at Hudde Junior High School, was in stable condition a day after the 3:41 p.m. accident on February 8.
Yet, after a brief investigation, cops claim that there is no evidence that a group of kids from nearby Roy H. Mann Junior High School had chased him into the street, despite what’s been alleged.
“We looked into it and we deemed that the child ran into the street. He wasn’t chased by anyone,” Inspector Frank Cangiarella, the commanding officer of the 63rd Precinct, told this paper, adding that he has already had meetings with administrators at Roy H. Mann to quell the rumors spreading through the neighborhood.
After word surfaced from witnesses that the child might have been chased, investigators began questioning witnesses and looking at surveillance cameras from stores near where the 2008 Nissan Pathfinder struck Summers.
“He ran into the street on his own. We believe that he was running home,” a police source said. “There were other children there [near the corner], but they were not chasing him.”
Responding paramedics rushed the child, who was in critical condition, to Kings County Hospital. As the afternoon drew on, his condition improved, officials said.
The driver of the Pathfinder remained at the scene as responding officers swarmed the area. No criminal charges had been filed against him.
Also on hand were the boy’s parents, who were visibly upset over what had happened and demanded that the police apprehend Xavier’s would-be pursuers.
“I’m understanding this as a criminal matter,” Vanessa Summers, the boy’s mother, told reporters.
The accident took place in front of several stunned students who were having an after-school bite at a nearby pizzeria.
After the accident, word surfaced that Summers was chased by the Roy H. Mann students “because he went to a different school.”
Roy H. Mann Junior High School is located on East 68th Street — over a dozen blocks away from where the accident took place. Hudde Junior High School is located on Nostrand Avenue near Avenue K.
The investigation into the accident was continuing as this paper went to press.
Anyone with additional information regarding this incident is urged to contact the 63rd Precinct at (718) 258-4411. All calls will be kept confidential.