Mother, toddler remain hospitalized after being struck by car in Meriden

Mother, toddler remain hospitalized after being struck by car in Meriden

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MERIDEN — A mother and child remained hospitalized with serious injuries Saturday after being struck by car while waiting at a school bus stop Friday afternoon. 

The 3-year-old boy was listed in critical condition at Connecticut Children’s Medical Center in Hartford, according to a statement from police Saturday. The 21-year-old mother was listed in stable condition at Hartford Hospital. Police have not released their names.

The incident occurred at approximately 3:50 p.m. near Summer and Wood streets. The mother and son were hit while waiting at a bus stop for another child who was getting out of school.

Jeidy Polanco, 25, of Meriden, was driving the black Toyota Camry that struck the mother and child. According to police, Polanco was following a maroon van before the crash and had attempted to pass the van on the left side in order to turn onto Wood Street. The van was also turning left onto Wood Street and the two nearly collided. 

In order to avoid a collision, Polanco continued turning left at a “high rate of speed,” according to police, “lost control of her vehicle, and struck the mother and child.” 

The mother was found on the ground near the driver’s side door of Polanco’s vehicle and her son was found under the passenger’s side of the vehicle from the waist down. 

Polanco’s car also took down several feet of fencing on a resident’s property. 

The incident is still under investigation. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Meriden Police Department at 203-630-6215.
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