Driver Leaves Scene After Hitting 10-Year-Old

Joey was hit pretty hard by the vehicle, but fortunately not badly injured.
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A 10-year-old boy was left in the middle of the road after police say a driver hit him--and took off.

Aside from some cuts and bruises, Joey is physically OK after being hit by the car east of downtown Colorado Springs Monday morning. But he's shocked and upset that the grownup didn't stay with him until police arrived.

"It makes me feel very bad that she didn't stay there and she hit a child. She hit me. It felt horrible," Joey said.

Joey tells 11 News that he was riding his bike with friends, and that when they got to the intersection of Uintah and El Paso Street, they waited until the signal at the crosswalk showed they were clear to cross.

"I was crossing when it says go ahead. She was red. Her sign was red."

But Joey says the driver went anyway, striking him in the middle of the intersection.

The driver did stop briefly to apologize to Joey. According to Joey's mother, the driver then looked at her license plate and started "cussing" at Joey. Right after that, the woman sped away.

"[She] knows that she hit him," Michelle said.

Michelle addressed the driver on 11 News Monday night.

"How dare you, how dare you hit my child and run off."

"I was just shocked and then the pain started hitting me," Joey recalled. He showed 11 News reporter Mecca Rayne several scrapes and bruises he sustained in the accident.

Joey and Michelle are pleading for the driver to turn herself over to police.

"Please turn yourself in, so that instead of somebody else finding you and then me finding you, you've turned yourself in."

At this time, police are following up on a few leads. A suspect description has not been released. The incident happened around 11:30 a.m. If you were in the area and saw anything around that time, contact Springs police at 444-7000 right away.



 
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