An 8-year-old boy was fatally struck Saturday at a chaotic Jersey City intersection where pedestrians have long worried about getting across safely.
Jeremiah Grant, a skilled jump roper was walking home from a team fundraiser about 4:45 p.m. when a Jeep traveling westbound hit him near Christopher Columbus Drive and Grove Street.
The young boy was known in the neighborhood as a member of the champion Honey Bees, a double-dutch roping group that showcased their abilities on “The Tonight Show.”
According to Hudson County Prosecutor Esther Suarez, Grant was rushed to Jersey City Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead.
The 60-year-old driver took off, police say until witnesses flagged him down. He told one witness he thought he hit a backpack.
Suarez says no charges have been filed against the Union City driver since he remained at the scene and cooperated with authorities.
This is an ongoing investigation by the Jersey City Police Department Crash Unit with assistance by the Office of the Hudson County Prosecutor.
It’s been a deadly couple of months on Hudson County roads.