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Joliet woman says her son was injured in hit-and-run incident

Jerrod Sergeant playing the violin at Plainfield Central High School.
Jerrod Sergeant playing the violin at Plainfield Central High School.

A Joliet woman said her 17-year-old son was skateboarding Wednesday morning when he was struck by a car driven by an elderly woman who shouted a profanity at him before driving away.

Margaret “Greta” Sergeant said her son, Jerrod Sergeant, was skateboarding on Barney Drive near Glenwood Avenue about
7:30 a.m. Wednesday when he was struck by the car.

Jerrod Sergeant said he fell to the ground and skinned his palms and elbows. He said he might have broken his left wrist, which he needs to play violin at Joliet West High School.

He said he wasn’t able to catch the license plate number or the make and model of the car.

“I was busy ungluing myself from the asphalt,” he said.

He described the vehicle as a silver, four-door compact car and the driver as an elderly woman.

Greta Sergeant said the car was driving on Caddy Lane and turned onto Barney Drive before striking her son. A woman who was driving the car apparently lowered her car window and yelled a profanity at him before driving away, she said.

Jerrod Sergeant said the driver had “plenty of space not to hit me.”

Sergeant said she doesn’t know what kind person would strike her son and drive away.

“I would’ve pulled over and checked to see if he was OK,” she said, adding that the Joliet police were contacted about the hit-and-run incident. Police Sgt. Christopher Botzum did not respond to an inquiry about the incident.

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