Pleasanton police are investigating an incident during which a minivan driver left the scene after striking a Harvest Park Middle School eighth-grader who'd crossed into the street during pickup near the school last Friday afternoon, according to a department spokesman.
The woman behind the wheel came forward on Monday and is reportedly cooperating with police after local television news stations picked up the story by posting photos of the injured boy and minivan involved as part of an interview with the boy's mother earlier on Monday.
No charges have been filed in the hit-and-run case, and the driver's name is not being released at this time with the investigation still ongoing, according to Pleasanton police Lt. Kurt Schlehuber.
The situation unfolded around 3:15 p.m. Friday when police responded to an off-campus student pickup area and found a boy had been hit by a minivan after he stepped off the curb and attempted to cross Greenwood Road between parked vehicles north of Valley Avenue, Schlehuber said.
The boy, who was walking toward his mother's parked vehicle, sustained injuries to his mouth and face that required medical attention, according to the lieutenant.
Witnesses told officers that the minivan continued traveling on Greenwood Road but soon parked and waited five minutes until her child arrived and they drove away, Schlehuber said. One witness captured video of the silver Toyota Sienna minivan and female driver on a dashcam, giving police their only lead at the time.
That changed on Monday, when the driver came to the police department and reported she was involved in the collision, saying she didn't realize she was involved until seeing a news story on social media, according to Schlehuber.
"We appreciate the community's support and help in identifying all involved parties in this case," Schlehuber said. "We are fortunate to have an involved public that helped get the word out and uncover all facts in this unfortunate event."
The woman gave officers a statement and is cooperating with the investigation, the lieutenant added.
Schlehuber also noted that Pleasanton police provide traffic school at various sites around town as the school year is coming to an end, but it is vital for motorists to always be aware when driving near schools.
"We understand the unique traffic issues that arise during pick-up and drop-off and are working with Pleasanton Unified School District on mitigating school traffic issues. Parents and citizens are reminded to use caution when driving in and around school sites while students are present," he said.
Anyone with information about the Harvest Park incident can contact police at 931-5100.