Boy riding bike struck from behind, driver takes off

Posted: 10/05/12 at 10:10 pm EDT      Last Updated: 10/05/12 at 11:47 pm EDT

LANCASTER, Mass. (WHDH) -- A 12-year-old boy riding his bike was struck from behind by a car in Lancaster, according to police.

The woman drove off after hitting the boy and she didn't stop until getting to her home in Clinton.

Police say the woman may have been drinking. Her own son was in a baby seat in the car.

"From that stop sign to this road here, it's like 0 to 60, how fast can I go,” one man said.

“[Kids ride their bikes on the street all the time] It’s very dangerous,” one woman said.

But what happened Thursday night made it all too real.

"Some kid was hit on a bike and the driver kept on going,” the man said.

Police say the 12-year-old boy from Lancaster was riding his bicycle home, when 44-year-old Julie Gallagher hit him and took off.

But a man in a car who saw the whole thing turned around and chased after her, calling 911 at the same time.

"He started calling us in locations, color of the vehicle, type of vehicle it was,” said Sgt. Edwin Burgwinkel, Lancaster Police Department.

Due to that witnesses' information, and the help of a caller in Clinton, police tracked the hit and run suspect down in only five minutes.

"These witnesses are the reason that the vehicle was apprehended as quickly as it was, the reason that evidence on that car was preserved, and they're the reason that the evidence at the scene of that crime was preserved as quickly as it was,” said Sgt. Burgwinkel.

Police say within seconds, Gallagher was already trying to cover it up.

“She went to great lengths to conceal her identity and conceal that vehicle," said Sgt. Burgwinkel.

Police told 7News the boy is in stable condition and will survive.

The district attorney filed charges against the hit and run suspect Friday, including a hit and run and driving under the influence.

The Department of Children and Families has been notified due to her young son being in the car.

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