Neighbors offer reward for information on driver who hit mailbox, fled with child nearby

"If they stopped, we could’ve just hashed everything out. No harm no foul."

NORTH PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WLNE)- A speeding car struck a mailbox Wednesday evening, nearly missing a young boy playing in his driveway just feet away. Neighbors are now offering reward money for anyone with information about the driver.

The incident happened Wednesday evening on W River Parkway after the car lost control on a curve in the road.

Homeowner Jimmy Rodriguez’s surveillance camera caught the crash on video.

“The car just kind of sped down the street a group of teenagers possibly,” he told ABC6. “Once they came down, they hit the sharp corner slammed on the breaks.”

Rodriguez said the neighborhood is very quiet and drivers usually respect the children nearby who often play outside on skateboards and bikes.

“My neighbor’s kid was playing basketball next door, so he got freaked out about this whole situation. I’m sure he’ll be skeptical about just playing basketball in his front lawn at this point,” he explained. “It’s disheartening for a young child to experience.”

Rodriguez told ABC6 he has a four-year-old child of his own, who was inside at the time of the incident.

Thankfully no one was hurt but the driver sped away. Now, Rodriguez wants that driver to be held accountable.

“If they stopped, we could’ve just hashed everything out. No harm no foul.”

He is offering a $500 reward for anyone with information on the driver. He told ABC6 the signage in the neighborhood isn’t the issue. He just wants to see the driver involved take responsibility.

Anyone with information on the incident is asked to contact the North Providence Police Department at (401) 231-4533.

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