Police seek witnesses to driver who didn't stop after hitting four-year-old boy
Police are seeking witnesses to a hit and run that left a four-year-old boy with a badly broken leg.
On Friday, Inacio and his caregiver were crossing Connolly St, Lower Hutt, when a white SUV hit him, breaking his leg in two places.
The driver slowed, but did not stop, a witness said.
Inacio's mother Marcelly said she was in her house, about 12.20pm, when she heard her son screaming.
"I ran out and he was in the road."
Inacio underwent surgery at Wellington Hospital for his "severely" broken leg, she said.
"He broke his right leg, both bones, the tibia and the fibia.
"He's fine, a little bit scared and sometimes sad but he's fine. He's eating and playing with his sister."
Marcelly said she knew "accidents can happen" but was upset the driver of the car didn't stop.
The family arrived from Brazil a year ago and were worried about the street that had four childcare centres but no pedestrian crossing.
"My aim is not just to find this guy but to try and improve the safety of the street."
Police, who on Sunday said they were not aware of the incident, on Tuesday said they had been told about it an hour after it happened, when the boy was taken for medical treatment.
"The informant called to advise police that the boy had been hit by a vehicle that left the scene," a spokeswoman said.
Police were waiting for more information.
If anyone witnessed the incident or has any information, they are asked to contact Lower Hutt Police.