Jeremiah Grant, an 8-year-old jump rope champion, was struck and killed by a Jeep driver this past weekend while he was walking home from a fundraiser in Jersey City, New Jersey, The Root reports.
Grant, nicknamed “Jerry,” was a member of the stellar double-dutch team named the Honey Bees. He was reportedly rushed to Jersey City Medical Center after the incident, where he was pronounced dead, according to prosecutors.
“We all stopped at the corner and Jerry heard ‘Go’ from another jumper and ran in the street,” Takeria Clark of the Honey Bees told NJ.com. “The car was going so fast. It hit him so hard.”
The 60-year-old man who struck the little boy kept driving after the incident because he allegedly thought he hit a book-bag, not a person. Witnesses chased the vehicle down until the unnamed suspect returned to the scene where he remained until authorities arrived.
The driver has yet to be charged. Jerry recently appeared on The Tonight Show With Jimmy Fallon with the rest of his team just two months prior to his tragic death.
A YouCaring campaign has been set up in an effort to help Jerry’s family