Mother of hit & run victim searches for driver

HENRICO, VA (WWBT) - An angry mother is searching desperately for the driver who hit her young boy, and then took off Friday night. Deven Bradley, 8, was playing outside his home at the Tree House Apartments in Henrico, when he was struck by a vehicle that didn't stop.

"It just flew past and hit me," says Deven.

Witnesses say a speeding beige or gold colored van struck him, sending Deven flying to the grass nearby. Deven's brother Kievon ran to his side.

"I just heard a big crash, and he was in the air, and I saw him over there by the bushes," says Kievon, 13.

"It felt like I was shaking," says Deven, after he found himself on the ground after being hit.

Luckily, Deven walked away with a few scrapes. However, his mother, Sontia Bradley, wants to track down the person responsible. Sontia has spoken to police, but she's also working on her own to track down the driver who could have killed her son. The driver may have been speeding as much as 30 miles an hour, in a 15 mile per hour parking area.

"He (Deven) didn't get much sleep for the past two nights because of it," says Sontia, of her son's emotional state after the accident.

Sontia has talked with neighbors at the scene, and reached out to the property manager to see if a van matching the description is registered to any of the tenants. There are at least five security cameras along the walls of the apartment complex overlooking the road. However, management told Deven's mom that the incident wasn't recorded.

Meantime, the family has a message for the person who struck Deven and then booked.

"You should have stopped to see if I was okay," says Deven. He says it's what he would have done.

"If you're a driver who doesn't have patience, than stay off of the road," adds Sontia.

NBC12 didn't hear back yet from the apartment about why the cameras didn't record the incident. Deven's mom is hoping to find the driver, so she can be reimbursed for his hospital exam following the accident. If you have any information about this case, call Crime Stoppers at 780-1000.

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