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Harvard woman strikes 12-year-old boy near Jefferson Middle School

Boy fled scene, told police 'a punch hurts more than that'

Shaw Media file photo
Shaw Media file photo

HARVARD – A 12-year-old Harvard boy stood up and ran away after he was hit by a car Friday near Jefferson Middle School.

He later told police that “a punch hurts more than that vehicle hitting him.”

Maribel Sauceda-Ramirez, 42, of the 1000 block of Ninth Street, Harvard, told police that about 3 p.m. Friday she was slowly driving south on North Hart Boulevard approaching Blaine Street because there were cars parked along the side of the road, Harvard Police Chief Mark Krause said.

Jefferson Middle School is northeast of the intersection at 1200 N. Jefferson St.

At the intersection, a boy ran from the east side in front of Sauceda-Ramirez’s car, Krause said. The 12-year-old boy was struck by the car’s front corner, rolled down the hood and landed on the ground.

The boy then stood up and ran from the scene, Krause said.

Police and paramedics used witnesses’ descriptions of what happened to track down both the boy, who was at home, and Sauceda-Ramirez, who had left the scene after the boy appeared to be fine.

At his Harvard home, the boy told police that he was fine. He said he looked both ways before crossing the street.

Krause said the boy did not need to be taken to a hospital.

Sauceda-Ramirez was cited for failing to report the crash.

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