Fundraiser launched after 3-year-old struck by hit-and-run driver

An online fundraiser has been launched to help pay mounting medical costs for the 3-year-old boy who was critically injured in a hit-and-run collision in Richmond on Sept. 27.

The fundraiser can be found at this website.

Authorities say the boy and his mother were about to get into their car at the curb about 11 a.m. in the 2700 block of Macdonald Avenue, near 27th Street. The child escaped the mother’s grasp, darted out into the street and was struck by a car, who loved ones say was speeding.

The 3-year-old, named Gerónimo, is in critical condition in the intensive care unit. Meanwhile, police have located the Smart car involved in the crash and arrested a 19-year-old who works at a local auto-repair shop and was driving a customer’s car.

“Gerónimo’s parents and family are in the hospital praying for his full recovery,” according to the gofundme.com fundraiser, which seeks to raise $10,000. “Gerónimo’s hard working, humble, and loving parents volunteer in their community and always are giving to others. Please help this family in need with the medical and legal costs caused by this horrific situation.”

The family also needs help with monthly bills, as neither is working while caring for their son in the hospital.

“We want Gerónimo’s parents to focus on getting their precious little boy back home and not to worry about any costs this tragedy has generated,” the fundraiser states.