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Neighbors talk about hit-and-run that hurt boy

Posted at 5:14 PM, Sep 21, 2015

INDIANAPOLIS – Police continue their search for the driver who hit a 3-year-old boy and then sped away, leaving the child in critical condition.

Neighbors who watched and listened in the 2800 block of Adams Avenue say the boy’s shoes ended up in different yards after he flew about 50 feet when the car hit him.

“He was unconscious – he wasn’t moving,” a bystander told us. “He was just a lifeless baby in my arms.”

The bystander – known only as April for privacy – says she rushed over to help when she heard the crash.

“He stopped breathing and his heart stopped, and I was like, ‘Oh my god, oh my god, oh my god,’” April said. “All of a sudden, it’s like God just breathed into his body and he gasped for air.”

Investigators with the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department say a driver hit the boy when the child ran into the street. The driver then drove away at speeds around 45 miles per hour, according to witnesses.

“It was no accident. He did it on purpose,” April said. “If it was an accident, you know – he would have stopped.”

Neighbor Andre Parks says he watched it all unfold in disbelief: A young boy hit by a driver he can only describe as heartless.

“A menace – somebody who (doesn’t) care about life, (doesn’t) care about their own family, (doesn’t) care about their own children,” Parks said. “(They) just don’t care.”

Police are following up on tips, but right now they say they have no description of the driver. They can say the vehicle was possibly a four-door black Chevy or Dodge.

Those neighbors have a message for the driver now: Turn yourself in.

If you have any information about this crime, you’re urged to contact Crime Stoppers anonymously at 317-262-8477. You can also text “INDYCS” plus your tip to 274637.

This has been an update to our original story below.

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A child is in critical condition after being hit by a black vehicle in the 2800 block of Adams Ave.

According to the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department, the child ran out to the street and was hit by the vehicle. The vehicle then left the scene around 4:15 p.m. 

The child was transported to Riley Hospital in critical condition with severe leg injuries. 

Police have not released any information on a suspect.