Toddler, Struck by Car on River Street, Suffers Critical Injuries

Belongings remain in the middle of River Street following an accident where a toddler received life-threatening injuries. (Jay Saulnier photograph for WHAV News.)

Haverhill Mayor James J. Fiorentini talks with investigators on River Street. (Jay Saulnier photograph for WHAV News.)

An unidentified toddler suffered critical injuries early last night on River Street when he was struck by a car while crossing the street with two adults—a man and a woman.

The baby was taken to Lawrence General Hospital with life threatening injuries, while the woman received minor injuries to her hand, said Haverhill Detective Lt. Robert P. Pistone, police spokesman. The accident took place about 6:20 p.m., on River Street roughly between the 99 Restaurant and Athens Pizza.

Police did not reveal any names while the accident was under investigation by Massachusetts State Police and Haverhill Police reconstruction units. Haverhill police and firefighters initially responded to the accident. Mayor James J. Fiorentini also went to the scene to talk with the family and investigators.

The driver of the car, who had been traveling inbound, stopped after the accident and answered questions.

One lane of River Street remained closed during the investigation.