SACRAMENTO — A car leaving the parking lot of a north Sacramento school on Monday morning struck a boy riding his scooter and dragged him several feet before fleeing the scene.
The 4-year-old boy, whose identity has not yet been released by police officials, died of his injuries after being taken to a local hospital.
According to a release from the Sacramento Police Department, the victim was on his way to class at the Smythe Academy of Arts and Sciences off Northgate Boulevard and Wilson Avenue with an older brother and grandmother at the time of the hit and run, which was reported to police around 8:20 a.m.
The vehicle, described as a newer-model dark-colored sedan, possibly a Maxima, fled south on Northgate Boulevard after the incident. The vehicle may have suffered front-end damage in the collision. The driver was described as a man with a dark complexion.
The Sacramento Police Department urges anyone with information pertaining to this incident to contact Crime Alert at (916) 443-HELP or text in a tip to 274637 (CRIMES) or call the traffic detectives directly at (916) 808-6030. Enter SACTIP followed by the tip information. Callers can remain anonymous and may be eligible for a reward of up to $1,000.
On its Web site, the Smythe Academy says it “emphasizes the arts, technology, and community service and applies a holistic approach to education by involving the parent community, and the teacher in assessment coupled with project-based instruction and authentic assessment.”