Neighbors in a Chesterfield apartment complex are calling for changes after a vehicle struck a two-year-old boy at the Falling Creek Apartments, Sunday evening.
Thankfully, the boy suffered just minor scrapes and bruises. The child was taken to the hospital only as a precaution, according to Chesterfield police.
However, residents on the 2500 block of Marina Drive fear this kind of accident is bound to happen again, and the outcome may not be so lucky.
"I heard a pop," said Rasheedah Neblett, who lives across from where witnesses say an SUV side-swiped the toddler. The "pop" was the vehicle running over a bag of chips, as opposed to over the child.
Neblett ran outside right after she heard the commotion.
"I heard screams, and I'm just thankful my child wasn't out there," she said.
Police say the child somehow got free from his parents, who were outside at the time. The boy ran in between two parked cars. Neither the driver nor the parents, were charged.
"(The little boy) was bleeding," described another neighbor, Carlos Loyola.
Loyola watched the aftermath of the accident. He and his wife, Stephanie, say cars speed down the narrow, one-way streets, all too often.
"My youngest (child) has almost been hit by a car before. So was my oldest (child). My oldest was ten-years-old. He knows how to watch for cars, and he was almost hit," said Stephanie Loyola.
Resident Kathy Lieberman's grandchildren live across the street from her apartment. She says she wasn't surprised at the close-call.
"Nobody slows down in here, even for the speed bumps," said Lieberman.
Neighbors say they want more speed-limit and warning signs. One "slow children" sign, on the same block as where the accident occurred, faces the opposite direction of cars heading down the street.
"Cars go way faster than they should, very fast," continued Stephanie Loyola, of the neighborhood lined with children playing near, or in, the street.
"I just want people to slow down coming through here. They're kids playing," continued Neblett.
NBC12 did reach out to the property manager, and hasn't yet heard back.
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