Mother, Son Walking From School Run Down by Hit-Run Driver in Harlem

Police are looking for the hit-and-run driver who hit a mother and her son as they crossed a Harlem street after school on Thursday afternoon.

Shawntay Watson said that she was crossing the street near the Global Community Charter School at about 3:30 p.m. when a white BMW sped through the crosswalk, hitting them both.

Watson, who suffered a fractured knee and minor injuries, said she was able to push her 8-year-old son back to the sidewalk before he sustained any serious injuries.

“He hit me and I pushed my son to the sidewalk so he won’t get hit,” she said. “I push my son out and he sped off.”

Lourdine Haney, a bystander, said she rushed to help after seeing Watson get hit. She blocked other cars from hitting the woman a second time.

“I blocked other cars from trying to run her over because they just kept going around her,” Haney said.

Watson is expected to survive her injuries, but she said her son, a third-grader at Global Community, is now scared to cross the street.

“(The driver who hit me) basically scarred me for life and scarred my son,” she said.

The school said that there is only one stop sign outside the school, and that it’s not enough to keep children and their parents safe.

Anyone with information about the driver should call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-577-TIPS.

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