BALTIMORE (WJZ) — Amid a growing controversy over the children who wash windshields at downtown Baltimore intersections, one of these so-called “squeegee kids” was struck by a car on Saturday.
According to Baltimore City Fire officials, they transported a child struck by the vehicle at 6:51 p.m. at Pratt and President Streets. The child was taken to Johns Hopkins Children’s Center where he’s reportedly in stable condition.
A viral Facebook video posted shows the incident Saturday. In the video you see the boy wiping the windshield of a car. The light turns green and the passengers pay the boy, before urging him to be careful at the moment he’s struck.
(Warning: Video May Be Disturbing)
“Be safe, don’t get hit by a car!” the passenger screams as the teen immediately is mowed down by an oncoming SUV.
Passerbys got out and called 911 as the boy lies motionless in the roadway.
Drivers have complained about squeegee kids for years. Just two weeks ago, the Downtown Partnership announced a plan for unarmed guards to monitor the squeegee kids on street corner. Mayor Catherine Pugh plans to invest $2 million to help find these self-employed window washers year-round jobs.
“Engage them in productive activities, opportunities to make money, opportunities to work,” she told WJZ.
Baltimore City Police have not revealed the identities of the child nor the driver who struck him.