Just after 3 o’clock on Monday afternoon, New Jersey State Police responded to the intersection at Cape May and 15th Avenues in Weymouth Township to find Melissa Paetzold's 14-year-old son, who she identified as Joshua Norton, and his friend, that had been hit by a car.
Paetzold told NBC40 she was not home at the time of the accident and that she was informed of her son's condition through a frightening phone call. Paetzold explained, “It's super scary, yeah. I mean it was the worst phone call I've ever gotten in my life. It still kind of feels like, not real, to be honest with you. I just got a phone call that the boys had been hit by a car and then I came home and we really didn't get much information from the troopers...just that they were hit."
Authorities say that both boys suffered head, neck and back injuries that do not appear to be life threatening.
Paetzold added, "I know that they were both conscious and they were medevaced to the hospital - so that's pretty much it."
Both of the boys were flown to Atlanticare Regional Medical Center in Atlantic City.
Police say an 82-year-old Estell Manor man was driving the green Mazda that struck the two boys.
Residents that live near the scene of the accident say kids will often ride their bikes in the street. Dan Kramer said, "Yeah this is a good street to ride on. There's not a lot of traffic on here you know what I mean. But no, nothing has ever happened before like this."
State police have not given an update on the boys’ condition Monday night, and so far, no charges have been filed in the accident.
A recent post on Melissa Paetzold's Facebook page says that her son and his friend are doing ok after being hit today.
Her son Joshua suffered a bruised lung and busted knee according to the post.
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