(Updated 7 p.m.) The Alexandria Police Department (APD) is investigating a hit-and-run in the Braddock neighborhood that left a 15-year-old male pedestrian in the hospital.
APD Communications Manager Tracy Walker said one pedestrian, a juvenile, was injured and taken to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.
Police said after the crash, the driver drove to the rear of George Washington Middle School and nearly struck several other children. The School Resource Officer (SRO) drew his gun to protect the students, and afterward the driver left the scene. The SRO and other police officers pursued the truck but lost sight of it.
George Washington Middle School was briefly put into “secure the building” mode for ten minutes during the incident.
“The suspected vehicle was subsequently located at the Eisenhower Connector unoccupied,” APD said in a release. “No suspects are in custody at this time.”
Scanner traffic indicated the vehicle involved was a yellow Penske truck.
The hit-and-run reportedly occurred near North Patrick Street and Montgomery Street before 3 p.m.
One victim was injured and taken to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries, according to scanner traffic.
The truck was reportedly damaged during the incident and lost its passenger-side mirror.
According to APD:
The Alexandria Police Department is investigating a hit-and-run that occurred at approximately 3:02 p.m. on October 4, involving a Penske truck and a 15-year-old male at the corner of Montgomery and North Patrick Streets. The injured juvenile was transported to a local hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.
After the crash, the driver of the vehicle drove to the rear of the George Washington Middle School nearly striking children. The School Resource Officer (SRO) drew his service weapon to protect the students from being harmed and to stop the driver from moving in the direction of the students. As a result, the driver drove off and no other injuries occurred. The SRO and other officers pursued the vehicle, but lost sight of it.
The suspected vehicle was subsequently located at the Eisenhower Connector unoccupied. No suspects are in custody at this time. APD officers are actively looking for the driver of the vehicle and are interviewing witnesses. APD is asking for the community’s help by providing any information or eyewitness accounts by calling our non-emergency number (703) 746-4444.
Notification:: In response to a hit-and-run crash involving a pedestrian, there is a moderate police presence near the intersection of Montgomery and North Patrick Streets. The juvenile pedestrian suffered non-life-threatening injuries. APD is on the scene and investigating. pic.twitter.com/wfH4pG1rto
— Alexandria Police (@AlexandriaVAPD) October 4, 2023
Alexandria police are searching for a small yellow Penske box truck that nearly ran over several school kids. The incident started in the area of North Patrick St and Montgomery St. It should have a damaged driver's side mirror. At least one injury, hopefully… pic.twitter.com/egl5f45jgP
— Alan Henney (@alanhenney) October 4, 2023
H/t to Alan Henney
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