Two children hit by car in Rockford in critical condition, driver now in custody

The 30-year-old driver was located by police a short time after the incident.
Published: Jul. 22, 2021 at 11:03 PM CDT
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ROCKFORD, Ill. (WIFR) - A 4-year-old boy and a 10-year-old girl were struck in an apparent hit and run crash late Thursday night on Rockford’s west side.

Shortly before 9:30 p.m. Thursday, the Rockford Police Department was at the scene of a car accident at the intersection of Central Avenue and School Street in Rockford. After asking the public to avoid the area, police reporter that two children, a 5-year-old boy and a 9-year-old girl were struck by a car in an apparent hit and run. Rockford Police have since clarified that it was a 4-year-old boy and a 10-year-old girl that were struck. The circumstances surrounding the incident are still unknown at this time.

Police say the driver, a 30-year-old man, fled the scene but was located soon after and is now in custody. Both children are listed in critical condition.

This is a developing story.

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