Driver runs over 5-year-old in Akron, apologizes and flees

By Phil Trexler
Beacon Journal staff writer

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LaCresia Shaw talks about the hit and run accident on Goodhue Drive involving her son Joshua, 5, on his way home from Resnik Elementary School last Friday. Joshua's leg was broken when the car drove over his leg. The driver of the car has not been located. (Paul Tople/Akron Beacon Journal)

All the driver did — after his car tires rolled over the kindergartener — was apologize. He then sped away.

In his dust, he left 5-year-old Joshua Shaw in the Akron street, writhing in pain from the multiple breaks in his left leg.

Now, the Judith A. Resnik Community Learning Center student has months of recuperation ahead that include being confined to a wheelchair and a second surgery.

The driver in the hit-skip incident Friday afternoon has not been identified.

Joshua was making the one-block walk home from Resnik with his 9-year-old sister, just as they do most afternoons around 2:45 p.m.

They were in front of their Goodhue Drive home and crossing the street when the boy was struck.

The car’s tires drove over Joshua’s leg, breaking the boy’s tibia and fibula. He underwent surgery at Akron Children’s Hospital, where surgeons used nail-like pins to repair a portion of the bone.

He’s been fitted with a leg cast that runs from his toes to his thigh. His mother said he’s expected to use a wheelchair for at least the next two months. In about a year, surgeons will have to operate again to remove the pins.

His mother, LaCresia Shaw, a history teacher at Buchtel High School, said she hopes the driver “comes forward and shows some compassion.”

“I don’t know if the individual has children himself, but I just don’t think it’s right to leave a 5-year-old in the yard knowing that you caused the injury and not do anything else,” she said Tuesday.

The motorist turned from West Market Street and was northbound on Goodhue Drive inside a gray or dark-colored car that resembles a Mercury sedan. Jadynn, the boy’s older sister, saw the car’s tires roll over her brother’s leg before stopping.

She said the man merely apologized before driving away. He made no effort to call 911, they said.

Meanwhile, Joshua’s 15-year-old brother, Jordan, rushed outside and carried the injured child to their home. Joshua was crying in pain; tire tread marks were visible over his khaki dress pants.

LaCresia Shaw rushed home from Buchtel High and took her son to the hospital, where the two-hour surgery was performed.

Akron police have no leads and are seeking the public’s help in identifying the driver who struck Joshua and drove away.

For now, Joshua sits on a couch inside his home, his injured leg elevated. His mother is unsure if he can return to school this year, or if she will home-school him while he recovers.

“I was walking home from school and I didn’t see the car,” Joshua said. “I was crossing the street and I got ran over… He was right in front of our grass. It hurt when I went inside the house.”

Anyone with information is asked to contact Akron police at 330-375-2490. Anonymous tips for this or any crime may be left at http://ci.akron.oh.us/ASP/tip.html.

Information may also be provided anonymously by calling Summit County Crimestoppers at 330-434-COPS(2677). Tipsters might qualify for a cash reward.

Phil Trexler can be reached at 330-996-3717 or ptrexler@thebeaconjournal.com. He can be followed on Twitter at www.twitter.com/PhilTrexler.


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