Driver flees after hitting child in Portland neighborhood

Driver flees after hitting child in Portland neighborhood
Published: Mar. 11, 2016 at 11:50 PM EST|Updated: Mar. 18, 2016 at 10:50 PM EDT
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LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) – A child was rushed to an area hospital after being hit by a vehicle in the Portland neighborhood.

Louisville Metro Police Department spokeswoman Alicia Smiley said a pickup truck hit the child who was riding a bicycle near the intersection of 29th Street and Alford Avenue around 6:30 p.m. Friday.

Neighbors said the boy was on the sidewalk when the truck hit him.

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"Cause I heard people arguing and then I see this white pickup truck come out of the alley," Dymon Sullivan said. "He cut his wheel real hard trying to make the turn and just hit the little boy and kept going."

The boy's grandmother was at the scene of the accident and said her grandson doesn't live at the apartment where he was hit. She said he was visiting with family. Several people, including children, were outside at the time and saw the boy hit the ground.

"He had a big abrasion on his head, his sides were bruised and his legs were scratched up real bad," Sullivan said. "It was bleeding real bad."

A police escort was used to transport the juvenile to Kosair Children's Hospital. Several intersections were shut down throughout the city. The boy's grandmother said his mother rode in the ambulance with him.

Smiley said the child was conscious and alert. His injuries appeared to be non-life threatening.

Smiley said police are searching for the driver of the pickup truck who fled the scene. Anyone with information about the accident is asked to call the anonymous Louisville Metro Police Department tip line at (502) 574-LMPD.

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