Police searching for SUV driver who struck teen, left him in middle of Southeast KC road seriously hurt

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- A car collides with a bicyclist, then takes off – leaving a teenager in serious condition, and prompting police to search for the hit-and-run driver.

Police say the crash happened Tuesday evening near Meyer and South Benton in Southeast Kansas City, Mo.

Investigators said the car slammed into a 16-year-old boy riding his bike on the street.

“There`s no excuse about it – he hit him, and he hit him with some force,” said one woman who lives near the crash site and witnessed the aftermath, but asked FOX 4 not to give her name.

The woman heard the impact of the crash from inside her home and rushed out to witness a horrific scene.

“He was literally busted open,” she said of the teen victim’s injuries. “Blood everywhere, legs all twisted and everything.”

Investigators said the driver never stopped to help. Instead, witnesses reported seeing the suspect drive off toward Meyer and Prospect, and leaving the teen in the middle of the road.

“You have a person laying in the street, on the hot pavement, literally dying,” the woman said.

Neighbors soon rushed to the teen's side, and EMS soon arrived. Crews took him to a nearby hospital with serious injuries, but the expectation he'll survive.

As for the driver, the witness told FOX 4 “all people make mistakes,” and she hopes he'll come forward.

“Just say that he made a mistake or say that he panicked,” she said. “Say that he didn`t have a driver`s license or insurance, and then ask for help. I think that would be the right thing to do.”

Police are now looking for a black SUV with moderate front end damage and possibly some scratches of red paint, the color of the bicycle.

If you know anything, call Crime Stoppers at (816) 474-TIPS.



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