Driver hits second-grade boy and takes off

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DENVER — Police were searching for a driver Tuesday who hit a little boy on his way to school then drove off.

The child’s grandmother and little sister were also hurt.

It happened at South Yates Street and West Ohio Avenue just after 7:30 a.m. as they walked to a nearby bus stop. The 8-year-old boy is recovering at Denver Health Medical Center.

His mother said at the very least, he has a concussion.

Skid marks on the street and sidewalk tell a frightening story of what happened.

“We run outside to see what’s happening. We saw a child on the street, lay(ing) down, and the lady is screaming for help,” said the neighbor who didn’t want to be identified.

The Denver Police Department said a gray Nissan car hit Tony Luna then took off. The boy then toppled onto his 7-year-old sister and grandmother, who also fell.

“The child, he was injured, his head and his back,” the neighbor said.

An ambulance took the trio to the hospital.

“I don’t understand why that person did not stop to help the family,” the neighbor said.

Other neighbors don’t understand why they’re forced to regularly deal with speeding drivers on their street.

“There are teenagers that speed almost 50 (mph) down the street,” neighbor Cynthia Jimenez said.

She said their family has pleaded with the city to install a speed bump, but their pleas have gone nowhere.

“Angry and nervous, angry at the same time. They could hit somebody. It could be fatal. This time, they are lucky they did not kill the children,” said Jimenez, who worries about her 3-year-old daughter, Myla.

“We need something in this area to change because everybody drives too fast and they don’t pay attention,” the unidentified neighbor said.

A witness said the hit-and run vehicle morning is a four-door, grayish Nissan with heavily tinted windows.


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