Police Vow to Find Hit and Run Driver - NBC Connecticut

Police Vow to Find Hit and Run Driver

2-year-old Corey Parmlee is in critical condition after being struck Tuesday night.



    The mother of 2-year-old Corey Parmlee made an emotional plea for someone to come forward and identify the driver of a car that hit her son on Capital Avenue in Bridgeport Tuesday night, leaving him in critical condition. (Published Wednesday, May 1, 2013)

    A 2-year-old child was critically injured in Bridgeport on Tuesday by a hit-and-run driver, according to police.

    Erika Parmlee was holding the hand of her son, Corey when he was struck.

    According to police, Parmlee had parked her vehicle in the 600 block of Capital Avenue around 9 p.m., with her two children inside.

    She got Corey out of the vehicle and was standing outside her car, holding his hand on the street side in front of the driver's door when the crash happened, according to police. 

    "My baby did nothing wrong," Erika Parmlee implored during a news conference Wednesday.  "Please help.  I just need someone to come forward for my baby."

    The child who was still in the car unbuckled himself from the child restraint chair and jumped to the driver's seat.

    When Parmlee tried opening the front driver's side door, Corey broke loose of his mother's grip and was hit by the vehicle that never stopped and continued east on Capital Avenue, police said. 

    Corey suffered serious head trauma and was rushed to the hospital, where he underwent brain surgery.  He is listed in critical condition, police said.

    Police don't have a description of the fleeing vehicle. 

    "To the person who drove that car last night, we will find you," Police Chief Joseph Gaudett said.  "Turn yourself in now.  If you don't, we will find you."

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