INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) - A 7-year-old victim of a hit and run accident on the city's south side in May is home and recovering.
Police say seven-year-old David Lopez was hit along Troy Avenue in May, suffering serious head injuries, a broken femur, and a fractured pelvis.
He was brought to the hospital in critical condition.
Lopez’ family sat down with 24-Hour News 8 Friday afternoon.
They say David Lopez was in the hospital for two months, recovering from his injuries.
The recovery continues at home: David walks with a slight limp, and he goes to therapy and doctor appointments frequently.
His brothers say the entire family was at a get-together at a friend’s house near Troy Avenue and Walcott that May evening. The boys went to cross the street with a friend.
“When he was in the middle of the street, the car came in with no lights, and hit him,” said his brother Kennedy.
“I saw David in the air, and then he fell first on his head, right here,” said his other brother Solomon.
Speaking in Spanish, David’s dad says he heard the screams of his children, and went took look outside.
He said he didn’t want to believe what had happened to his son, seeing him on the ground and not moving.
To see how far his son has come, he says, is a great happiness.
“It took two months, the doctor said he was the fastest person to get out of the hospital,” said David’s brother.
24-Hour News 8 asked David how he was feeling; he responded with an exhuberant, “Good!”
David’s family says there’s a long road ahead: he has to go to doctor’s appointments and therapy.
His father says it will take a lot of time to recover.
Thursday, the city’s mayor announced a plan to put sidewalks along the road where David was hurt.
It’s a bipartisan proposal that would also re-pave roads and fix infrastructure in neighborhoods throughout Indianapolis.
David’s dad says he’s glad officials are hoping to add sidewalks to this area, adding he hopes drivers are cautious as well.
He says he’s hoping this will prevent other accidents.
Meanwhile, David’s brothers say they’ve learned to be much more cautious when crossing the street.
“Never to cross alone; watch out for your brother; protect your brother,” said Solomon.
Police still haven't caught the person who hit David Lopez: they’re looking for a maroon box-style car.
Lopez' dad says he has no ill will toward that person, despite the journey they've been on.
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