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UPDATE: Driver found who allegedly hit child with vehicle

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CHATTANOOGA - UPDATE: The driver wanted by Chattanooga Police Officers for his part in a pedestrian struck case has been identified.
The incident happened Sunday afternoon on West 14th Street Courts. A one-year-old was playing near a parked vehicle when the driver moved his car and he was struck.

The driver, Patrick Whitaker, confirms to police that he did stop to render aid but the mother of the child became hostile and in order to prevent a possible physical altercation, he decided to leave the scene.  But he doesn't believe he actually hit the child with his vehicle.  There is video supporting the claim that an argument with the mother of the child had started but it doesn't show if Whitaker actually hit the child. 

Whitaker was cited for driving on a revoked license.  At this time, no other charges are pending.



Chattanooga Police are looking for a driver who struck a child with his vehicle Sunday afternoon.

Officers were called to the area of West 14th Street Courts around 12:34pm on reports a vehicle struck a child. Police say the one-year-old boy was playing near a parked vehicle when the driver moved his car and he was struck.

Police say the driver did try to help the boy but got into a verbal fight with the boy's parent and left the scene. The child did not suffer any injuries but was taken to a local hospital to be checked out.

Chattanooga Police are looking for a white Dodge Magnum with large aftermarket chrome wheels and a black leather bra on the front end. The driver is a black male, bald, has a beard and is in his 30's.

Chattanooga Police ask anyone with information regarding the hit and run driver to call 423-698-2525.

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