Man Charged With Hit-and-Run Outside School

Bridgeport police arrested a 23-year-old man in connection with a hit-and-run that injured a 10-year-old boy on his way to school on Thursday morning.

Paul Whitehurst turned himself in to police on Thursday evening.

The victim was crossing Howard and Maplewood avenues on his was to Bryant School when the crash happened, according to police.

Bryant School is located on Poplar Street, off of Maplewood Avenue.

One car stopped to let him cross, but Whitehurst continued through the crosswalk and hit the child, who suffered a laceration to his ear and some abrasions, police said.

Witnesses chased after the fleeing car and Whitehurst stopped, but ran away, police said.

Police checked the registration of the car and determined it was a rental, so police investigated and identified Whitehurst as the suspected driver.

After speaking with police, Whitehurst turned himself in at police headquarters on Thursday evening.

He faces charges of evading responsibility, driving without a license, failure to yield to a pedestrian and driving the wrong way on a one-way street as he allegedly tried to flee the scene.

The victim is expected to be fine.

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