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18-year-old from Massachusetts arrested after a hit-and-run crash that seriously injured an 8-year-old child



An 18-year-old from Massachusetts has been arrested in a hit and run crash that seriously injured a young child.

According to Yarmouth Police, on Saturday, Yarmouth Police Detectives arrested the suspect responsible for the hit and run accident on Saturday August 20.

The suspect is identified as Jakob Gifford, 18, from Marstons Mills, Massachusetts.

Gifford was charged with Leaving the scene of an accident after causing personal injury, Negligent operation of a motor vehicle, and Withholding evidence from a criminal proceeding.

At approximately 9:45 a.m., Yarmouth Police and Yarmouth Fire were dispatched to a motor vehicle crash on Higgins Crowell Road. The crash occurred north of Abells Road in the area of the Professional Building Complex. 911 callers reported that a child had been struck while riding on a scooter. Witnesses reported that the vehicle did not stop after the crash and continued Southbound on Higgins Crowell in the direction of Route 28.

Officers arrived on the scene and assisted two bystanders who were rendering first aid. The victim, an eight-year-old boy, was treated for serious injuries by members of the Yarmouth Fire Department. The victim was transported to Cape Cod Hospital, then flown to Boston via Med Flight. The victim was with two siblings and his grandmother at the time of the accident.

Gifford will appear in court today for arraignment.

The 8-year-old victim was released from the hospital and is home with family recovering from the injuries sustained after being hit by Gifford. The victim will require additional medical procedures in the future.

The Yarmouth Police thanked the Barnstable County Sheriff’s Department and The Cape Cod Regional Accident Reconstruction Unit for their assistance with the investigation.

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