KC boy describes surviving hit-and-run crash, family grateful close call wasn’t worse

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Police are still looking for a driver who hit a little boy on a bicycle Tuesday afternoon in an east Kansas City neighborhood at the intersection of 44th and Montgall. FOX 4 spoke with the victim Wednesday, who is just six years old. He bravely described what he says happened.

Jayce Thompson sat on his front porch swing in between his mother and godfather, and tried to look past our cameras to tell us what happened.

“The car came from that side and then it ran me over. Then the car hit the bike, then I flew off, then flew right here,” Thompson told FOX 4’s Megan Dillard.

Kansas City police tried to stop a black Nissan after they watched the driver commit a traffic violation, but officers say by the time they turned around, the driver had sped off, leaving behind a cloud of dust and this little boy hit in the street.

“Then I tried to get out of the street. It was going faster than me. And then it just kept on going and running the stop sign and then it turned that way,” Jayce said.

Jayce’s parents took him to Children’s Mercy Hospital on Tuesday night. He walked away with banged up knees and a sharp recollection of what he saw.

“I know what kind of car it looked like though. It had dark windows,” he said.

He also said he was told it was a female driver.

“It’s not about the bike. It’s about the life. Somebody almost took a life yesterday,” Jayce’s godfather Pat Clarke said.

He’s a young boy who faced a close call, and those who love him said they’re grateful they’re spending the day on the porch, instead of planning a funeral.

“He’s sitting here, he’s walking, he’s talking, he’s being Jayce. You couldn’t ask for nothing more,” Clark said.

His godfather called him “Dennis the Menace” because he’s usually very talkative and is known for riding his bike around the neighborhood. His mother said he loves to watch the Hulk and loves to eat noodles, and the reason he was able to give so many details about the car that hit him is because playing with cars is his favorite thing to do.

As of Wednesday afternoon, police were still looking for the driver. The vehicle should have damage to driver’s side on the front. If you have any information that can help police make an arrest, call the TIPS Hotline at (816) 474-TIPS.

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