Only on 10: Family of hit-and-run victim asks driver to come forward
NEW BEDFORD, Mass. (WJAR) —
Family members of a young hit-and-run victim in New Bedford are asking the driver to surrender.
Destiney Torres spoke exclusively with NBC 10 News on Sunday evening.
She said her younger brother was one of the two 12-year-old boys who police said were hit by a car Saturday night.
Investigators said the incident happened just before 9 p.m. at the intersection of Blackmer and South Second streets.
"I heard a big bang and I go outside because my brother was outside at the time. I go outside, and one of his friends was standing near the gate, and I said that better not be my brother," said Torres.
According to Torres, the boys were riding a motorized mini-bike and were attempting to cross the road.
Police said the boys weren't wearing helmets.
"The brake got stuck. Next thing they knew they turned and the car comes and hits them. It happened so fast they couldn't react," Torres said.
Torres said her younger brother's leg is badly broken.
"His whole right leg was the opposite of where it had to be," said Torres.
A relative of the other 12-year-old victim told NBC 10 News that he suffered a broken hip along with serious scrapes to his face. As of Sunday night, both victims were at Rhode Island Hospital.
Family members said they hope the driver who left the scene will take responsibility for their actions.
"To whoever is out there and did this, I just wish you could come forward," said Torres.
According to investigators, the car involved has significant front-end damage. Police said they believe it's silver or gray and that it could be an Acura.
Anyone with information is asked to call New Bedford police.