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Suffolk man tried to help child who got seriously hurt in a crash while riding a bike

The child was taken to Norfolk General Hospital with critical injuries, police said.

SUFFOLK, Va. — A child is seriously hurt after a crash in Suffolk Wednesday night.

According to the Suffolk Police Dept., the crash involved a vehicle and a child riding a bicycle. It happened in the 1600 block of East Washington Street just after 8 p.m.

The child was taken to Norfolk General Hospital with critical injuries, police said. Investigators said the driver of the vehicle stayed at the scene and cooperated with police.

It's a scene a father like Zacheriah Amittai, who lives nearby, said he never wished to see.

"I saw that and it was almost in like slow motion," said Amittai. "I was walking down this area here, and I saw the kid just jump the curb. Too fast for me to do anything, so it was already done."

While walking back from the grocery store Wednesday night, Amittai said he saw a young kid riding a bike near East Washington Street in Suffolk.

Suffolk police said the child riding a bike got hit by a car traveling down the road in a neighborhood near Portsmouth Boulevard.

Amittai said he stayed with the child until an ambulance came.

"It took a lot for me to keep myself together. That's all I could do," said Amittai. "My prayers go out to the family because it was a real scary thing."

Amittai said he often sees cars driving quickly down the road. He said he hopes drivers will be mindful while passing his neighborhood.

A father with a young child himself, Amittai said he wants his neighborhood to have safer areas for kids like his to run and bike around.

"There should be something here for the kids. There's a lot of children who play around here who ride their bikes and run in and out of traffic," said Amittai. "There should be a bike path or something around here."

 The age of the child has not yet been released. The investigation is ongoing.

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