Jump rope champ, 8, who appeared on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon killed in hit & run accident

By Associated Press and Michelle Ganney For Dailymail.com

An eight-year-old boy from New Jersey who once appeared on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon was struck and killed by a Jeep while walking home Saturday.

Authorities say Jeremiah Grant was walking from a team fundraiser in Jersey City on Saturday afternoon when the hit-and-run occurred.

Grant was the only boy in the Honey Bees, the champion double-dutch roping group who once made an appearance on Fallon’s talk show.

Jeremiah Grant from New Jersey who once appeared on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon was struck and killed by a Jeep while walking home Saturday

The boy was hit near Christopher Columbus Drive and Grove street at around 4:30 pm and was rushed to Jersey City Medical Center where he was pronounced dead.

Police say the Jeep’s 60-year-old driver drove off until witnesses flagged him down. Witness Jose Pimentel says the driver told him he thought he had hit a backpack.

‘I jumped on the street, went after the car. I was able to stop him and let him know he had to stop because he hit somebody,’ Pimentel told the station.

Grant (R) was the only male member of the Honey Bees, the champion double-dutch roping group who once made an appearance on Fallon's talk show

‘He said he thought he went over a book bag. He didn’t notice that he had hit a person.’

The driver remained at the scene until police arrived. No charges have been filed as of yet.

YouCaring has been set up for Grant and his family. As of Monday morning $3,250 was raised with $20,000 being the ultimate goal.

They said: ‘100% of the money raised here will go directly to his family.’

A woman named Jessica Hellinger commented on the page: ‘Jerry was a great kid and he leaves behind a broken-hearted sister and mother who cares for everyone’s child as if her own.’

Jeremiah Grant was hit near Christopher Columbus Drive and Grove street (pictured) at around 4:30 pm and was rushed to Jersey City Medical Center where he was pronounced dead

‘This family needs our support the support of the community that they give and have every woke hour to uplift bring people together thru the ropes,’ she continued.

His beloved troupe are devastated at the loss of the Grant who was nicknamed Prince Bee.

‘We all stopped at the corner and Jerry heard ‘go’ from another jumper and ran in the street,’ Honey Bees founder Takeria Clark told NJ.com.

A YouCaring page has been set up for Grant (center) and his family - $3,250 has been raised with $20,000 being the ultimate goal

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