Child's legs broken after hit-and-run crash
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MILWAUKEE - A child has serious injuries after a hit-and-run driver clipped him while traveling at highway speed on a city street.
Milwaukee Police and the child's mother are searching for the driver, and they're asking for the public's help.
TODAY'S TMJ4's Nick Montes talked to Carla Pacala, whose son Nathan was injured in the collision.
She says her son was crossing South Muskego Avenue and West Mitchell Street in Milwaukee when the car hit him.
The driver kept going, and Carla said it's a miracle her son is still alive.
"He's got two broken legs, two pins in one leg. (Doctors) had to break the right leg," explained Carla.
"I thank God that whoever hit him did not kill him."
Carla said the incident happened Monday night at about 8:30 p.m.
Pacala said she let Nathan cross the street to get a soda from a food truck while waiting for the bus.
As he started to head back in the crosswalk, that's when the car collided with him.
"He was in the middle and the car came out of nowhere and just hit him and kept going," said Carla.
The speed limit sign near the crash scene says 30 miles per hour.
Carla told Nick that the driver was doing much faster than that - more like freeway speed.
"I would say he was going 60 to 80 miles an hour," said Carla.
She said the impact sent her son flying into the air, a sight she won't forget.
Because it happened so fast, she didn't get a good look at the car.
"I just hope whoever did this will come forward and have a heart to turn themselves in - or someone who knows this person."
Milwaukee Police says the car is a dark colored Pontiac Grand Prix.
Nathan is recovering at Children's Hospital.
Police ask you to call them if you have any information.