A North Jersey man has been charged with fleeing the scene of an accident in which authorities say he struck an 11-year-old boy with his vehicle, causing the boy to become caught in the car’s windshield.
The Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office said in a statement that police were called to the intersection of Bernegat and Fremont avenues in Seaside Heights at about 6:50 p.m. Friday night in connection with the accident.
Responding officers eventually determined that a 2012 Infiniti G37, being operated by Giancarlos Fernandez, 19, of Hasbrouck Heights, was traveling west on Freemont Avenue “at a high rate of speed” when he struck an eleven year-old male riding his bicycle.
“Upon impact the 11 year-old male became embedded in the windshield of the vehicle and was eventually thrown to the pavement,” the statement said. “The 11 year-old victim was air lifted to Jersey Shore University Medical Center in Neptune for treatment of serious injuries. He is currently listed in stable condition.”
Following the crash, the statement said, Fernandez exited the vehicle and attempted to flee on foot, but was apprehended by Seaside Heights Police Department detectives a few blocks away. Once apprehended, Seaside Heights police administered standardized field sobriety tests to Fernandez. He was transported to Community Medical Center in Toms River, where a warrant was obtained for a draw of his blood. Fernandez was subsequently transported to the Ocean County Jail where he is currently lodged pending a detention hearing.
Fernandez is charged with assault by auto and knowlingly leaving the scene of an accident with bodily injuries.