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Hit-and-Run Driver Breaks 12-Year-Old Cyclist's Leg, Police Say

By Maya Rajamani | September 5, 2017 4:51pm

STATEN ISLAND — Police are searching for a hit-and-run driver who sped away after striking a 12-year-old cyclist and breaking his leg, the NYPD said.

The boy was riding his bike at the intersection of Leonard and Neal Dow avenues around 1 p.m. on Aug. 2 when the driver of a white, four-door Jeep Wrangler with a black top hit him, the NYPD said.

The boy was taken to Richmond University Medical Center, where he was treated for a broken leg before being released, police said.

Surveillance video taken from a home on Lathrop Avenue shows the driver of the Jeep turning onto Lathrop Avenue from St. John Avenue not long before hitting the boy, the NYPD said.

Police couldn't say the reason for the delay in releasing the surveillance footage.

The boy’s aunt told SI Live her nephew — who attends Markham Intermediate — was biking to meet up with his friends when the driver struck him.

The driver, adult male, got out of his car and asked if the boy was OK, but drove off soon after without calling police or helping him, she told the outlet. Police could not confirm those details.

Anyone with information in regards to this incident is asked to call the NYPD's Crime Stoppers Hotline at 800-577-TIPS.