Seriously injured boy wants helping finding hit & run driver - Hawaii News Now - KGMB and KHNL

Seriously injured boy wants helping finding hit & run driver

Naiche Abeyta Naiche Abeyta
Yvette Abeyta Yvette Abeyta

By Minna Sugimoto - bio | email

HONOLULU (KHNL) - A Leeward Oahu boy is in the hospital with a broken leg after a hit-and-run crash over the weekend. He's asking for the public's help in finding the driver of the truck that hit him.

Naiche Abeyta, 14, already has gone through two surgeries on his left leg. He's scheduled to return to the operating room Wednesday.

Doctors tell him it may be months before he's able to walk on it again.

For an avid skateboarder, football player and surfer, this is not a good situation.

"Feels kind of weird 'cause I never sit down for this long," the victim said. "I'm always out, never stay inside."

Metal rods are holding the pieces of Naiche Abeyta's broken leg together.

"When they try to change the pads under my legs like when they get all bloody, yeah, it hurts really bad," he said.

The Kapolei High freshman also has injuries to his chin.

He says he was crossing Farrington Highway to get to his Honokai Hale home Saturday evening, when a light-colored Ford pick-up ran a red light and slammed into him.

"I saw this bright, white light just pop up in front of my face," he said. "And then the next thing you know, I felt my leg get hit."

His mother rushed to the scene and found some Good Samaritans helping.

"I just want to thank the angels that picked my son up out of the road 'cause he was in a car," Yvette Abeyta, victim's mother, said through tears. "And he was sitting up, thank God."

Naiche's head hit the passenger-side mirror, which broke off and was recovered.

He says the driver slowed down and then took off.

"He knew that he hit me," he said. "His right mirror came off."

"We just want to understand why, just want to ask him why he left my son there," Yvette Abeyta said.

Investigators say the newer-model truck had an engine crane device in the bed.

If you have information about this case, call Honolulu police.

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