Boy struck by hit-and-run driver recovers at home
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (WSVN) -- A little boy who was struck by a hit-and-run driver is recovering at home.
Nine-year-old Jacari Wilson has a fractured jaw and cuts and bruises all over his body. "A little bit better, but I can't open my mouth that much," said Jacari Wilson.
Jacari does not remember being hit by a van Sunday afternoon while riding his skateboard. But his father will never forget seeing his son gasping for air. "I'm at a point that I have never been at my life, where my child is in my hand, basically, at that time, thinking he was about to die," said Johnnie Wilson.
The van made a left on Northwest Seventh Street onto 12th Avenue, crossed over one lane and hit Jacari. Jacari landed on the vehicle's windshield.
The driver stopped, got out of his car and apologized to Jacari, got back into the car and fled the scene. "How can you just jump out the car, knowing everyone saw your face and then the next minute when someone is saying, 'He's dying, he's dying,' which it did look like that, and he just left? So it's a horrible feeling," said Johnnie.
Jacari spent three days in the hospital and is slowly recovering. When asked what he thought about the driver who hit him he said, "You should go to jail."
Jacari's family is hoping the driver will do the right thing and turn himself in. "Just man up to what you did, just step up, coz you wouldn't like it if it was your sister, your child or whatever the case may be," said Johnnie.
The family believes the van was silver or gray with a paper tag.
If you have any information on hit-and-run vehicle, call Broward County Crime Stoppers at 954-493-TIPS. Remember, you can always remain anonymous, and you may be eligible for a reward.
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