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Surveillance Released of Driver Hitting 7-Year-Old Boy in Waterbury

A 7-year-old boy was injured in a hit-and-run crash in Waterbury Monday, and police are searching for the driver who struck him while the child was crossing the street to get on a school bus. On Tuesday, police released surveillance video and warned that it might be disturbing because it shows the moment the child was injured.

Police said the crash happened just after 8 a.m. at the intersection of North Main and Elizabeth streets.

According to police, a light-colored Nissan four-door sedan from the 2000s that ran through the stop signal as a Durham school bus stopped hit the 7-year-old boy as he was crossing the street.

The boy was taken to St. Mary’s Hospital and his injuries are not life-threatening.

Family identified the boy as Ni'vek Bynum and said he suffered a concussion but is out of the hospital.

Vanessa Cardoza, the boy's grandmother, said he is sore and bruised, but recovering.

"Whoever hit my grandson and kept going that's wrong, he's a baby, he's 7 years old," she said. "You could have took his life."

She said she wants the driver to take responsibility.

"They could do it to someone else's child. And next time god forbid it could be worse.

Waterbury Police Department

Durham School Services released the following statement on the situation:

"Our thoughts are with our young student and his family. Motorists passing a stop arm is of great concern. We are working with authorities to resolve this incident and to prevent this from happening in the future."

The crash remains under investigation. Anyone with information, or who recognizes the vehicle in the photo, should contact Waterbury police at 203- 574-6941 or Crime Stoppers at 203-755-1234.

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