MANCHESTER — A 2-year-old boy who ran out onto Spruce Street was hit by a large truck Friday afternoon, police said.
Police identified the boy as Marshall Ghimirey, who sustained serious injuries and was being treated at Elliot Hospital's Neonatal ICU and was listed in fair condition Friday evening.
Police said the child was expected to survive.
According to witnesses, the boy was on the sidewalk at the intersection of Spruce and Union Streets with his mother before running into the eastbound truck's path around noon. The boy's mother was holding him as the ambulance arrived before taking the child to the hospital.
Raymond Gabaree, who was riding his bike nearby when he saw the ambulance, said the boy appeared to have scrapes and bruises on his face, but was conscious.
“He was crying. He was looking at his mom,” Gabaree said. “She was pretty shaken up.”
The truck was a Dumpster transport vehicle for Pinard Waste Systems. Bob Allgaier, president and CEO of the company, said the driver was making service rounds and not hauling a Dumpster when the accident happened.
“From all indications, the accident was unavoidable. Our truck just couldn't stop in time,” he said. “The toddler for some reason darted off the sidewalk into the street.”
Allgaier said investigators immediately asked for the truck's maintenance records and everything checked out with the vehicle, which was returned to Pinard after passing the inspection. Police said alcohol and speed did not appear to be factors.
“Our driver is generally distraught. We're going to make sure he doesn't drive again until we have him checked out emotionally,” Allgaier said.
“I'm sure it was a real scare for him.”
Allgaier said the driver has been with the company for 15 years and has an exemplary record. He provided a blood sample to police, which is standard procedure after such an accident.
“My thoughts are with the family, and I'm just happy that the reports that I'm getting our encouraging,” Allgaier said.