The father of a 13-year-old hit-and-run victim is hoping whoever hit his son will step up and turn themselves in.
“Step up and do the right thing. Come forward and take care of this. You don’t hit a child and just walk away,” said Nerf.
13-year-old Nathan Nerf was riding his bike around 7:30 p.m. Wednesday on Clay Gully Road in Myakka City.
That’s when investigators said a 4-door car side swiped him and kept going.
“He was grazed by the car, knocked clear off his bike. And spun 2 or 3 times in the air and landed on his back. At that point he rolled over and stayed in that position and was stuck there. He couldn’t move after that,” said Nerf.
His father said Nerf is in stable condition at Tampa General Hospital and starting to get mobility back in his legs.
He also hopes to learn more about the crash as Nathan begins to remember more.
The crash happened about a thousand feet from Nathan’s house and neighbors found him lying next to the road.
“You drive over a small speed bump you hear it. You hit a child you are going to know. Especially when you knock them off the bike. That takes a heck of an impact to knock a child off a bike. Especially when it’s 130 pounds,” said Nerf.
Sadly, a hit-and-run driver killed the family’s dog just two months ago on the same road.
State Troopers are asking anyone with information to call the Florida Highway Patrol at 239-939-1800.