Driver Charged After Boy on Skateboard Was Run Over by Car in North Potomac

Bystanders lifted Lexus sedan to free seriously injured 10-year-old pinned underneath


Firetrucks and ambulances at Stone Mill Elementary School after a 10-year-old boy was run over Monday.

Via Pete Piringer/Twitter

A driver was charged with failing to stop for a pedestrian, among other charges, after he allegedly hit a 10-year-old boy on a skateboard outside a North Potomac elementary school on Monday, according to Montgomery County police.

The boy was near an intersection outside Stone Mill Elementary School at about 5:20 p.m. when the car, a 2004 Lexus sedan, struck him. Montgomery County Fire & Rescue Service spokesman Pete Piringer said Thursday the boy had sustained serious injuries. He was taken to a local hospital but was expected to recover.

Witnesses described the boy being pinned underneath the car before paramedics arrived, Piringer said Thursday. Bystanders—including parents and teachers—apparently helped lift the car and free the boy, he said.

Wen Rong Chen, 61, was the driver of the Lexus, Officer Rick Goodale, a police spokesman, said Thursday. He was held at fault and charged with failing to stop for a pedestrian, failing to yield while turning left, failing to control speed to avoid a collision and failing to display his license to an officer, according to Goodale.

He lives about a mile from the school, according to court records.

Officials did not have information on the boy’s medical status Thursday, but Piringer said the injuries were considerable.

“They were serious, he got run over by a car,” he said.

Piringer noted that the fact that the boy was wearing a helmet may have kept him from being more severely injured.

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