Arrest Made in Lorain Toddler Hit and Run

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LORAIN, Ohio – Police made an arrest after a child was struck by a vehicle on Charleston Avenue on Sunday afternoon.  John Carter, 37, is charged with driving under suspension, leaving a scene, improper backing and felony aggravated vehicular assault.

According to police, Carter struck a two-year-old boy with his car while he was backing out of a driveway.  “There was a lot of kids outside playing and apparently he didn't see this child behind his car and backed-up and hit him and got out to see what was going on but just decided - for whatever reason - to leave,” said Lt. Mark Carpentiere.

“Oh, it was hectic,” said  Palle Santiago, a neighbor.  “There was like six to eight squad cars, an ambulance, rescue squad.”

Miguel-Adam Romero was walking along the sidewalk, according to police, when he stepped behind the vehicle and was struck.  The boy was in stable condition on Monday at UH Rainbow Babies & Children’s Hospital where he’s expected to make a full recovery.  “He's got a slight fracture in the skull,” said Miguel-Adam’s dad, Jose Romero.

Romero disputes the police account of what happened.  He claims the suspect is a close friend who should not be charged with a crime.  “He actually did stay at the scene, my brother and them - they made him leave - he wanted to be there but my brother being mad at what just happened - and her being mad - they made him leave,” said Romero.

“My son's fine, he's here with us,” said Romero.  “I'm not one to cast judgment on anybody, I'll let the guy upstairs deal with his consequences.”

According to police, all of Carter’s charges stand and he remained in custody on Monday night awaiting a court appearance on Tuesday.