6-year-old injured in South Side hit-and-run

April 29, 2010 4:57:30 AM PDT
A 6-year-old Chicago boy was injured after being struck by a vehicle going the wrong way on a one-way street.

It happened Tuesday afternoon near 76th and Michigan. The driver did not stop.

Ashton Williams has a stiff neck and not much of an appetite. The 6-year-old has been at Comer's Children's Hospital since the accident.

"I lost it. I was scared," said Mark Williams, Ashton's father.

Williams says he parked his car on the 7600-block of South Michigan Avenue, a one-way street going north. His daughter and son got out of the car and were crossing the street when a van heading in the wrong direction hit Ashton.

"The car just came out of nowhere, speeding, going the wrong way speeding, and it didn't honk the horn until it got right up on me," said Williams.

The impact knocked Ashton nearly 15 feet and at that point, Williams says the driver slowed down and then took off.

"I grabbed him and picked him up off the ground. He had a dazed look on his face. I woke him up. I was trying my best to keep him awake," said Williams.

Ashton suffered a concussion and cuts and bruises but he is expected to be OK. For his parents, this ordeal will truly come to an end when the driver is found.

"I didn't know people could be so careless. It's amazing. He struck a 6-year-old and kept going. It's horrible," said Williams.

Williams is hoping anyone who witnessed the accident can help track down the driver.


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