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Boy recovering after hit and run

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It’s sad when a little boy says he doesn’t want to ride his bike anymore.

But we can at least be thankful that a family doesn’t have much, much more to be sad about in this hit-and-run case in Reidsville, North Carolina.

The child, age 10, was about a half a mile from home, bike riding with friends, when he was hit by a car. The driver left the scene. Police said the car was a dark green Toyota Camry; the driver a white woman with blond hair.

Damage was done to the passenger side of the windshield, according to the report by WFMY News 2, so the boy must have been thrown up onto the hood and into the windshield before falling to the ground.

It might seem at first glance on the video reports

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that these are bumps and bruises and "road rash." No.

This was a violent experience. The boy seems OK in TV interviews. But this child should be thoroughly examined and monitored in case there are injuries that have not manifested themselves this soon after the accident. Injuries can sometimes make themselves known only long after the accident. And kids can seem so resilient. But the memory of this crash and its violence will haunt this child.

In TV reports from Channel 2 and Channel 12, the outraged father mentioned a few key points that are often common to hit-and-run accidents. Bad driving records. Drug or alcohol use. Revoked licenses. Were these factors in this instance? I think we will find out. The description of the driver in this incident is more detailed than usual. Blond female, dark green Camry, windshield damage. It’s likely she will be found. People who engage in bad behaviors such as driving while impaired tend to establish a group of people who are happy to turn them in.

The best thing for this person to do is turn herself in, face the consequences of her actions, and not let this situation get any worse than it already is.

Anyone with information regarding this incident is asked to call Crimestoppers at 336-349-9683.

Meanwhile, the little boy gave some good advice in one of his TV interviews. Always wear your helmet. Smart kid.