Halloween is Sunday, and while the holiday is often known for scares and sweets, trick-or-treaters should remain aware of their surroundings, as it’s not just ghouls and ghosts that pose a danger.
Last year, Richard “Richie” Martinez, then 3 years old, was struck by a hit-and-run driver while trick-or-treating in San Bernardino.
Martinez’s mother, Skye Jones, said she was “praying … for a miracle” after the then-3-year-old was injured.
“It was horrifying to go through all that,” Jones said.
Martinez has since recovered, but the Los Angeles Police Department want to make sure what happened to him is not repeated.
Joseph Marrone of the LAPD said “every year, our concern is the young kids getting hurt.”
“We always suggest that you have a parent or guardian with you at all times, preferably in areas that you know. Also, any time you’re out there in the community, especially in dark hours, make sure you’re wearing reflective clothing,” Marrone said.