Child struck by vehicle near busy shopping center

FALL RIVER, Mass. (WPRI) — Fall River police said Sunday a young boy was hurt after being struck by a car.

It happened outside the Burlington Coat Factory on Mariano Bishop Boulevard around 6:20 p.m. Sunday night. Eyewitnesses on scene said the car struck the child in a busy store parking lot, pinning him against a building.

“My heart was racing. All I wanted to do was get the car to get away, to get the kid out,” said Damien Davis.

Davis was walking out of a nearby store right as it was happening and said he ran over right away yelling “reverse!” in an effort to get the car to move.

When the car finally did move, eyewitnesses said it then struck another vehicle when it backed up.

Police said the child who was struck was taken to the hospital and his injuries were not life-threatening, but did not provide any additional details, including whether or not the driver was facing charges.

Davis said he was shaken up by what he saw, saying the driver “was driving fast enough to put a big dent like that in the wall, so I don’t know what he was doing behind the wheel in the first place — driving that fast in a parking lot like this, with people walking by.”

We are working to get more information from police and this story will be updated.