A three-year-old boy was critically injured Wednesday, when the driver of a red Smart car struck him and kept on going.

According to KRON 4, it was 11:30 a.m. Wednesday when officers with the Richmond Police Department were called to the 2700 block of MacDonald Avenue, which is right across from the Saint Cornelius Catholic Church.

When they arrived, they discovered a "young boy lying in the street with his mother crying over him."

Police say that the woman was putting the boy in his car seat when "he managed to escape and darted out into traffic." There, he was struck by the driver of a red Smart car with a black stripe on the side.

As opposed to remaining at the scene, the driver continued west on MacDonald then north on 23rd Street, police say.

According to NBC Bay Area, the child was left with critical injuries in the crash.

CBS 5 reports that the child, who they identify as Geronimo Perez, is being treated at Benioff Children’s Hospital in Oakland, where he "is undergoing brain surgery because of a head injury he sustained" in the collision.

Police tell CBS 5 that they believe the vehicle's model year is between 2008-2012, and that the car suffered front-end damage in the crash. Anyone who thinks they have seen the vehicle is asked to contact Richmond police at 510-233-1214.

"We are also asking the public to help us out on this one," RPD Lieutenant Felix Tan told ABC 7.

"This is a child. A 3-year-old child."

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