NEWARK, N.J. — Police arrested a 26-year-old man Sunday night after he allegedly struck a 2-year-old girl in Newark and then drove off, police said.
Romane Errol, Sr. was charged with causing serious bodily injury and operating a motor vehicle without a valid license.
The child was hit by a white pick-up truck in the vicinity of Brookdale and 18th avenues in Newark around 9:45 a.m., police said. The driver fled the scene.
The girl's mother was at a nearby church at the time. Surveillance video shows her running toward her injured daughter. Her other daughter, a newborn, was in her arms.
The injured girl was conscious when authorities arrived on scene. She was taken to the hospital in critical condition. The girl suffered rib fractures, double collapsed lung and lung lacerations.
She is expected to recover, her father told PIX11.
This is the last thing the family expected to happen on Mother's Day.
"She's alive and that's all I need," the girl's father said.
According to authorities, the vehicle was recovered. Police are looking for the driver of the vehicle.
The Essex County Prosecutor's Office is investigating the incident.
Anyone with information about this incident to call the Department's 24-hour Crime Stopper tip line at 1-877-NWK-TIPS (1-877-695-8477) or 1-877-NWK-GUNS (1-877-695-4867). All anonymous Crime Stopper tips are kept confidential and could result in a reward.
UPDATE: This story has been updated with the correction information about the child, Newark authorities initially reported the child struck was a boy. They also initially reported the child was 3 years old, but the girl's family said she is 2 years old.