Police seek driver who hit kindergartner

DANVILLE — Danville police were searching Friday afternoon for the driver of a motorcycle or scooter that struck a kindergarten student in the Vermilion Garden apartment complex after he had gotten off a school bus.

The hit-and-run accident occurred a short distance from the entrance of the complex at 1213 Garden Dr., on the city's northeast side.

Danville schools Superintendent Mark Denman, who was at the scene, said the bus stopped to drop off students. He said the bus driver extended the stop-sign arm then watched as several children got off the bus.

"He was one of several students who were crossing the street," Denman said of the boy, who attend nearby Liberty Elementary School.

Then the driver and other witnesses saw the scooter, carrying a male driver and female passenger, hit the boy and knock him down. They said the bike skidded a short distance before the two people fell off.

The boy was taken to the hospital by ambulance. His condition was unknown, but police said they believed his injuries weren't serious.

"We're hopeful he's going to be OK," Denman said.

Witnesses said the driver and passenger were able to get back on the bike and drive off. Police were searching the complex and surrounding neighborhoods for it.

Ethel Martin said the boy is her 6-year-old grandson, Bryce Martin. She said her son, Richard Martin, was watching his three sons get off the bus from the family's apartment window, as he does daily, when the accident occurred.

"I heard him scream and say Bryce has been hit," said Martin, who stayed behind to babysit her two other grandsons while her son went to the hospital.

Ciana Bryant, of Danville, said she was at the complex babysitting her nephew. She and other residents said the man who hit the child had been racing the red and black bike, which they said looked like a scooter, around the complex most of the day.

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