Police: Public helped identify suspect in accident involving 12-year-old

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IOWA CITY, Iowa (KWQC/KCRG) - UPDATE 10/9: (KWQC) Iowa City police say the public helped them identify the vehicle and driver involved in a crash that led to a 12-year-old being hit in September.

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The crash happened on Sept. 24. Police say the vehicle was later identified as as an Iowa City Community School District transit van, driven by a school employee.

Police say while the initial report classified the crash as a "hit-and-run accident," investigators later determined the driver "was not in violation of Iowa law regarding leaving the scene of a vehicle collision."

However, police say the driver was using a hand-held electronic communication device while driving before the accident. The driver has been cited for Use of Electronic Communication Device While Driving.

UPDATE 9/25: (KCRG) The Iowa City School District confirmed Thursday that one of their vans was involved in a hit-and-run of a 12-year-old boy on Tuesday.

The accident happened at the intersection of Governor Street and Burlington Street. Officials said a 12-year-old boy was hit while crossing the street by a white van driving westbound on Burlington Street and intending to drive north on Governor Street.

Iowa City police notified the Iowa City Community School District Wednesday morning that they believed the van in question was owned by the school district.

Iowa City Schools spokesperson Kristin Pedersen said they learned one of their employees may have been involved at that time and that the District has been cooperating with police.

The school district said the accident happened while the van was transporting students home from school. There was a student in the van at the time of the incident. Officials have contacted the family and that student was not injured.

Officials also stated the boy hit was a student in the district. That student suffered minor injuries but is also doing okay and back at school.

The school district says the driver of the van was placed on administrative leave by the district.

Police have not released the names of any individuals involved. The investigation is still ongoing.

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ORIGINAL: (KWQC) Police are hoping to identify a driver who they say was involved in a hit and run that injured a 12-year-old in Iowa City.

Officials say just before 3:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 24, officers responded to a report of a hit and run that had occurred at the intersection of Governor and Burlington Streets.

Police say a 12-year-old was crossing the street when he was hit by what police believe was a white van. The van was heading westbound on Burlington Street, turning north on Governor Street.

Police say it was reported that the van's driver stopped until the child was able to get back on their feet with the assistance from an unknown witness. After the child got back on their feet it was reported that the driver continued northbound on Governor Street.

The Iowa City Police Department is attempting to identify the driver of the vehicle, as well as the passer-by who assisted the child. If you have information regarding this incident please call the Iowa City Police Department at 319-356-5276.

Iowa City Area Crime Stoppers is also offering a reward of up to $1,000 for information about this incident that leads to an arrest. Anyone with information is urged to contact them online at iccrimestoppers.org or by phone at 358-TIPS (8477) . All calls are held in strict confidence and anonymity is guaranteed. Individuals providing information do not have to reveal their identity to collect a reward.