Police are searching for a motorcyclist who fled the scene after running over a 6-year-old boy who was riding a scooter in Sylmar over the weekend.
The crash occurred about 6:30 p.m. Sunday near the intersection of Cobalt Street and Encinitas Avenue, according to a news release from the Los Angeles Police Department.
The child was taken to a local hospital to be treated for injuries sustained as a result of the crash.
Surveillance video released by the Police Department shows the Suzuki motorcycle go down shortly after striking the child. LAPD initially said the motorcycle was a Honda.
“It was terrible,” said witness Miguel Castellano, who lives nearby.
Castellano said the child was a boy with two other siblings, and their father was just steps away and ran to his son after the crash.
“He was just jumping up and down, like he didn’t know what to do,” Castellano said of the father.
The boy’s mother, Diana Gonzalez, said her other two sons — ages 8 and 13 — have been left traumatized by what they saw. She says the brothers were headed back from a park when it happened.
“How do you see a child on the floor, and you just leave?” she said “That’s not OK. When you hit someone in the road, you don’t just leave.”
LAPD Officer Michael Sison said it appears the motorcyclist did stop briefly, but he soon fled without giving information to the father or children.
According to Castellano, “It looked like the child was unresponsive, so the guy just took advantage of that and put his helmet on and took off.”
Police say the boy is now recovering out of the hospital.
“I’m thankful he’s alive and, as far as we can see, nothing permanent,” Gonzalez said.
Although police earlier described the family as living from shelter to shelter, Gonzalez said they have recently been provided with public housing in the area.
The rider sought in the crash was described as a Latino man in his early 20s with black hair. He was wearing black clothing and riding a black-and-white Suzuki motorcycle.
Castellano urged the man to turn himself in.
“He’s making things a lot worse for himself right now,” he said.
A $25,000 reward is being offered in the case.
Anyone with information is asked to call Valley Traffic at 818-644-8117. Those who prefer to remain anonymous can call Crime Stoppers at 800-222-8477.
Correction: LAPD originally said the involved motorcycle was a Honda but later provided a correction saying it was a Suzuki model.