Police continued to search today for the driver of a red Volkswagen Jetta that struck a boy and sped off.
The Jetta struck the victim moments after the boy and his half-brother had been hit by another car when they darted into traffic in East Baltimore, police said.
The boy who was hit by two cars, Eugene Antonio Hicks, 10, of the 400 block of E. 28th St., was less seriously injured than his half-brother, police said. Eugene received a broken right leg and other injuries and was listed in good condition today at the Children's Center at Johns Hopkins Hospital.
Carlos Eugene Hicks, 5, of the 2500 block of McHenry St., received severe head and leg injuries and was listed in very critical condition today at the Children's Center, police said.
Police said that about 4:45 p.m. yesterday, the two boys, attempting to cross the 2800 block of Greenmount Ave., stood on the yellow line dividing the northbound and southbound lanes while waiting for traffic to clear.
Two other children had no problems crossing the street against traffic just moments before Eugene and Carlos tried to do so, police said.
Police said Charles Eugene Hebron, 20, of the 500 block of Main St. in Turners Station in eastern Baltimore County, was driving north on Greenmount Avenue at a slow rate of speed when Eugene and Carlos darted in front of his 1984 Buick.
Hebron told police his vehicle was only about 3 feet from the children when they stepped out from between cars stopped for a bus.
Hebron's car struck both children and Eugene was lifted into the air and into the path of the southbound Jetta, police said.
Police said the driver of the Jetta stopped a short distance ahead after striking Eugene, got out of the car, looked back to where the children were lying in the street, then got back into the car and drove off.
Both children were taken by a city fire department ambulance to Hopkins.
Police said pedestrian error was the apparent cause of the accident, but that charges against Hebron were pending.
Police said the driver of the Jetta was described by witnesses as light-skinned, over 6 feet tall and with a beard. Witnesses were unable, however, to get the license plate number.
Police asked that anyone with information about the Jetta should call the traffic investigation section at 396-2606.