Manchester officer strikes child with cruiser, state police investigating

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MANCHESTER — A Manchester police officer struck an 11-year-old boy with his cruiser on Maple Street just north of Dix Street Saturday afternoon, prompting an investigation by state police.

The incident occurred at 3 p.m. when the child, reportedly fleeing from a dog, ran into the street.

The officer, who was traveling north on the one-way, two-lane street, appeared to veer left in an attempt to avoid the child, according to witnesses at the scene.

Manchester police immediately responded to the incident, shutting down Maple Street and cordoning off the area with crime scene tape.

The Manchester Fire Department and AMR were also called to the scene.

Despite the impact, the child’s injuries appeared to be non-life-threatening.

He was transported to Elliot Hospital for further evaluation and was accompanied by his sister, who was not involved in the incident.

In an effort to avoid a conflict of interest, Manchester police have requested that the New Hampshire State Police conduct the investigation into the accident.

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