13-year-old airlifted after vehicle hits him in Margate

MARGATE, FLA. (WSVN) - Police are on the scene where a vehicle stuck a child in front of a house in Margate.

According to police, the 13-year-old boy was struck in Margate, near Southwest 50th Avenue and Fifth Street, Monday afternoon.

The boy was pinned underneath the SUV, but police and neighbors worked together to pull him out.

Witnesses and family members said the victim may have been playing around with his aunt, who is in her teens, and then ended up under the vehicle.

Bystanders said that the boy is named C.J. and was wearing a backpack when he was under the car. Witnesses said it didn’t appear his body was under the wheels of the vehicle, but was just wedged under the middle of the car.

“I realized that he was pinned under the car, and he was screaming, ‘Please, move the car,'” said neighbor Denise, who did not give a last name. “I knew that he was run over, and I didn’t want to take a chance of moving anything because, God forbid, I made it worse, so I just ran around to the neighbor’s houses and banged on doors because I know there are some people who are generally home. The police got here, and the neighbors and the police, we all lifted the car up to unpin him.”

Officials said the driver stayed on the scene and cooperated.

The victim was airlifted to Broward Health North. His condition is unknown, but he was conscious and breathing.

7News spoke with the victim’s mother over the phone who said that it looks like her son will be OK.

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