Police search for driver who hit a child

RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - Police need your help finding the driver that hit a boy, dragged him, and then took off. Investigators say it happened at Rudd's Trailer Park on the 2900 block of Jeff Davis Highway Thursday.

The boy's sister says they were just playing in the street outside their home around 5:00 p.m. Thursday when she saw a van coming their way. When it hit him, it actually knocked his shoes off. Six-year old Leonardo Leon Vitero is recovering in the hospital from several injuries.

"I felt the wind, and it blew my hair," said his sister Ellie Leon Vitero. "I almost fell down. I went to check over here to see if anybody was on the street and it was [my brother]."

Police say the driver even managed to drag him several feet before leaving. Ellie ran inside to tell her family.

"When I saw my little brother on the ground, I thought he was dead already," said his older sister, Florencia Leon Vitero.

Leonardo's dad says he saw the person drive off and park at a grocery store down the street. He says he walked there, but found no one inside the van. EMS crews rushed Leonardo to the hospital with head injuries and broken ribs.

"Blood was coming down everywhere so we went to tell my mom," said Ellie.

His sister says he now has stitches on his forehead and the back of his head. Now, he's talking and alert at the hospital. When his sisters saw him on the ground Thursday, they weren't sure he'd survive.

"I really want him to be alive and okay so he can come to school with me," added Ellie.

Leonardo and Ellie both go to Summer Hill Elementary. Even though his recovery may take some time, police say Leonardo will be fine. Officers haven't said if the driver was speeding, but the speed limit is clearly posted as 10 miles per hour.

Neighbors say the driver may actually live in in the neighborhood. Police have not made any arrests. They are still looking for the suspect. If you know any information that could help investigators, call Crime Stoppers at 780-1000.

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