RIDGEWOOD - A 12-year-old Ridgewood boy says that he was struck by an SUV while riding his bike and that the driver left him there without calling police.
John Shelko says that he was riding his bike home from a cycle shop Saturday when he was struck while trying to cross at the intersection of Franklin Avenue and Oak Street in Ridgewood. He says that he had a green light to cross at the time and he was knocked off his bike.
“She said ‘Oh my God, oh my God, I’m so sorry’ and she kind of did freak out,” Shelko says. “I think she was just nervous and not thinking straight.”
He says that the woman driver asked him if he was OK and then left without calling police to report the incident.
“I can't imagine as a mom, as an adult, as a responsible person, I couldn't imagine leaving a child helpless and in the middle of the street stranded,” says mom Audra Shelko.
The boy was able to pedal the broken bike back home and his parents took him to the hospital to be checked out. He was treated for a sprained shoulder.
“Thankfully he was wearing his helmet and he will wear his helmet probably until he's 75 years old,” says Audra Shelko.
Ridgewood police are now checking nearby security cameras and are looking for witnesses. News 12 New Jersey is told that a woman identifying herself as the driver did contact police Monday afternoon.
"Whenever anybody is involved in a car accident, particularly if there is an injury, by law they have to stay on scene and they have to make a report to police,” says Ridgewood Police Lt. Glen Ender.
"She was probably being careless because her foot must have slipped or something and I'm mad about that,” says John Shelko. “I'm also pretty angry that she left me."
The driver could face charges such as failure to yield to a pedestrian in a crosswalk and leaving the scene of an accident.