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Seven-year-old hit by car while riding bike

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One witness didn't want to give his full name, but lives in the neighborhood; he tells Channel 3 he saw the SUV hit the little boy while riding his bike.

“It was going so fast that that guy had to slam on his brakes and it left marks from going from here to here,” he said.

Witnesses say the boy hit his head on the windshield of a Jeep Cherokee. He was taken to children's hospital. According to witnesses the driver of the jeep stopped to check on the child, but didn't stick around.

“As soon as the mention that cars are always speeding through this section of the neighborhood, at that comment the gentleman got in his car and took off immediately,” said eyewitness.

Folks who live in the neighborhood tell Channel 3 that drivers speed through their neighborhood daily. Tonya Davenport lost her dog three weeks ago; he was hit by a car that was flying down the road.

“It hurts our hearts that he's dead and gone now,” said Tonya Davenport.

One block over on East 50th & 17th, there are speed bumps. Until that happens on 51st, these neighbors just want drivers to be extra careful.

“They need to slow down,” said eyewitness.

We spoke with the grandmother of the little boy by phone. She says doctors tell her that her grandson will be ok. They are just going to keep him at the hospital for a few days. CPD confirms that a green SUV did leave the scene. The investigation is ongoing.


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