July 30, 2014

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Man arrested for hitting toddler, leaving the scene of accident

LORAIN — A man was arrested today for hitting an 18-month-old with his car and then fleeing the scene.

John Joseph Carter, 37, from Lorain, was arrested around noon at a Lorain residence. He is being charged with leaving the scene, driving under suspension, improper backing and aggressive vehicle assault.

The 18-month-old toddler was hit Sunday at 4:30 p.m.

The toddler, Miguel “Mikey” Romero is currently in stable condition at Rainbow Babies & Children’s Hospital in Cleveland.

Romero suffered a light skull fracture. Chunks of Miguel’s hair were ripped out from the accident, his clothes were torn, and he couldn’t move his left arm.

According to a witness on the scene, the man driving the vehicle briefly got out of his car and then left the scene of the accident, driving north on Charleston.

According to Lt. Mark Carpentiere, officer in charge of the case, Carter could be arraigned this afternoon or early tomorrow morning.