'You hit a child': Witness helps save boy's life after hit and run
WICHITA, Kan. (KAKE)- A Wichita woman who helped save a child's life, who police say was hit by a driver while riding his bike, is begging the person responsible to come forward.
Wichita Police told KAKE News the accident happened at the intersection of 20th and Minnesota just after 1:00 p.m. Saturday. The little boy, who is between the ages of 5 and 10, was riding his bicycle when he was struck by a car. The vehicle left the scene.
"I turned on the wrong street," Marquita Copper told KAKE News was the reason she saw part of the incident. "I looked up and I saw, I think a silver SUV speeding up that way and I didn't realize what was going on."
Copper told KAKE News she had just taken her daughter to a hair appointment, and was planning on swinging by the neighborhood to visit a friend that wasn't home. She said she easily could have missed the incident, but was thankful she didn't.
"I started driving around the kid [who was hit] and I saw all the blood and that's when it hit me, oh my God I think the kid got hit by a car."
Copper said she quickly got out of her vehicle, told her daughter to put the vehicle's emergency lights on and rushed over where two other good Samaritans were already assisting the child.
"There are no words to describe the thought that I felt," said Copper. "What if that was my daughter?"
Copper's daughter, Olivia, also took video of the scene as crews got there to treat the boy, Marquita said they arrived after she called 9-1-1.
Dispatchers said the child was originally in critical condition; but a Wichita Police officer told KAKE News on the scene that he was stable after being taken to a hospital; and that his parents were with him.
Copper said that she couldn't believe that someone would hit anyone, especially a child, and leave the scene.