KANSAS CITY, Mo. – A Kansas City teen is home from the hospital after police said a driver hit him and left him in the street. His family hopes opening up will bring answers.
Maybe even more painful than the serious physical wounds that mark up his face, the realization that Demarco Martez Pulliam can’t be a kid anymore.
“I can’t play basketball anymore. I like to play basketball,” he said.
The 16-year-old had just left the library on his bicycle Tuesday about an hour before sunset. He was getting some books for the summer. “I was terrified. I thought I was going to die,” he said.
Pulliam said he was crossing the street at Meyer and South Benton, saw the truck coming, and realized too late the driver wasn’t stopping.
“When I was stopping, the truck was coming and then it had hit my right side. Then I tried to jump off the bike but by the time I jumped, I was already on top of the truck,” he said.
He blacked out. Pulliam said, “Some lady kept screaming and saying the truck kept going.”
Police said the driver didn’t stop and was last seen a couple blocks away at Meyer and Prospect. Officers looking for a black SUV with front end damage and marks from red paint.
Two days in the hospital: a broken leg, nose, and jaw and countless scrapes across his skin from the street. It hurts his family to see him in so much pain, unable to enjoy the summer as a teen.
His grandmother Barbara Harris said, “He’s not going to be able to swim and go to dances. He loves dance.”
Pulliam has a long road ahead filled with medical bills, future surgeries, and physical therapy. It’s $10,000 to $15,000 his family doesn’t have. Harris said, “No, we don’t even hit the surface on that.”
While his family is in need of money for bills and clues to find the driver, the teen does have one thing.
“He does have a family that loves him,” Harris said. “Have feelings for what you did. That was a human being you left behind. You didn’t care if they lived or died.”
Pulliam said, “I just want them to turn themselves in and at least apologize for what he did.”
Pulliam lost his iPhone, his tablet, his book bag, and his bicycle in the crash.
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