WASHINGTON, DC – OCTOBER 02: Children are seen during a visit to the Froedters Children’s Hospital at the University of Cincinnati, Tuesday, October 2, 2017 in Washington, DC.
(Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images) A children’s pediatric emergency room in Cincinnati is being overwhelmed by children who are traumatized after being hit by a car while walking home from a baseball game.
(AP Photo/Andrew Harnik) A child is seen after being injured by a vehicle in Cincinnati, Ohio on Thursday, October 4, 2017.
The child was hit by an SUV while walking back to his house after a baseball season game.
The child was walking home with his parents and a group of friends to the ballpark when a white SUV came up behind them.
The vehicle veered off the road, struck the child, and then fled the scene, according to the Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office.
The vehicle’s driver was arrested for aggravated vehicular homicide and was taken to a local hospital, authorities said.
According to local police, the driver of the SUV, 23-year-old William F. Froederer, was taken into custody and was charged with felony hit-and-run and vehicular manslaughter.
The Ohio Department of Transportation is investigating the crash.
The Columbus Dispatch reports the child was in critical condition and that he is in a critical but stable condition at University of Kentucky Medical Center in Louisville, Kentucky.
Froederer was the son of Dr. John Froedner, who worked at the hospital and played for the Cincinnati Reds baseball team in the 1990s.
He played professionally for the New York Yankees and Washington Nationals baseball teams.