Police are searching for a driver who ran into a 6-year-old boy in Cobb County, Georgia, before fleeing the scene.
The boy, named Jack, was hit on Sunday, Feb. 18, as he was walking across a crosswalk on Burnt Hickory Road near one of the trail entrances to Kennesaw Mountain, according to WSB-TV.
Police said a driver in a blue Impala drove on the wrong side of the road and hit Jack. The driver then crashed into a parked car.
According to NBC affiliate 11Alive, the suspect fled on foot.
“(He) saw I was stopped, never put on the brakes and just came around me and that’s when the father and the two boys were crossing,” witness Sherry Jones told WSB-TV.
The suspect is described as an black male aged between 18 and 27-years-old, with short dreadlocks, according to 11Alive. He was nicknamed “Moonie.”
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While the driver ran away, three other passengers in his car stayed at the scene.
Police arrested one of the passengers, 20-year-old Brian Locklin, on a warrant for a probation violation out of Fayette County.
Jack was transported to the hospital with serious, but non-life-threatening injuries.
Jones said Jack’s father tried comforting his boy as they waited for the ambulance.
“He was saying, ‘Jack, hang in there. Hang in there, buddy. We’re going to get you help. Hang in there, Jack,’” she told WSB-TV. “I was just so thankful when he (Jack) opened his eyes and I knew he was alive.”
Jack’s mother had recently passed away from cancer.
“She was certainly over there with him on Sunday,” family friend Justin Gilland told WSB-TV.
Gilland pleaded with the suspect to turn himself in.
According to his father, Jack suffered two broken legs.
If you know the whereabouts of the suspect you are asked to call Cobb County Police HIt and Run Unit at 770-499-3987.