Authorities are searching for the driver of a black SUV after an 8-year-old boy was struck by a car on his way to school and taken to the hospital.
Michael Thomas was hit Wednesday morning around 9 a.m. near his Grand Terrace school, according to Lt. Doug Wolfe with the San Bernardino Sheriff's Department. City cameras captured the SUV — a 2006 or 2007 Subaru Tribeca — driving away from the scene near Barton Road and Michigan Avenue, Wolfe said.
A witness reportedly told Michael's mother, Mona Thomas, that after being hit he flew about 15 feet in the air and flipped, then fell on his right side.
He said he was scared other cars would hit him so he got back up as quickly as he could and was able to walk the rest of the way to school to alert his teacher. He was taken to a nearby hospital and treated for minor injuries.
Authorities are not ruling the incident a hit and run because city cameras show the SUV did pull over briefly, but after Michael had already walked away, Wolfe said.
Michael said he believes the driver knew he or she had hit someone.
“When I got back up I got a glance of her and she was looking at me,” he said.
“How can you see that you’ve possibly hurt somebody and just leave without stopping to see how they are?” Mona wondered.
After the Subaru left the scene the vehicle's driver dropped someone off at a nearby high school, officials said.