Saratoga Child Hit by Car, Caregiver Charged

by William Mattar | May 15th, 2012

May 15, 2012

After a 4-year-old boy was hit by a passing car in Saratoga, New York, on Friday, his caregiver was charged with child endangerment.

TimesUnion.com reports that the 28-year-old caregiver—the girlfriend of the boy’s father—could face up to a year in jail if she is convicted of the misdemeanor. Police say she was “the adult in charge of looking after the children and allowed the 4-year-old to cross the highway without direct supervision.”

The boy was crossing Route 9P on his way to swim when he was hit by a car. He was hospitalized at Albany Medical Center with leg and pelvis injuries.

Police say the 41-year-old driver, from Rexford, had a “very limited view” of the boy because a parked vehicle on the street was obstructing her view as she traveled north. The boy struck the side of the woman’s car.

The caregiver will be expected in Saratoga Town Court at a later date.

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