Hunter Bogert, 16, explains his memory of a hit-and-run crash that left tire marks on his back and gave him 13 stitches across his stomach. Police are looking for the driver of a gold Lexus with Nevada plates. Vikki Vargas reports from San Clemente for the NBC4 News at 5 p.m. on Aug. 27, 2012.
An Orange County skateboarder was left battered and bruised by a hit-and-run driver last week at the intersection of Ola Vista and Avenida Santa Barbara in San Clemente.
Hunter Bogert says it all happened so fast, he didn't know what hit him.
According to the 16 year old, no one was driving through the intersection when he came down the street on his skateboard. He remembers falling, then being run over.
“The bumper hit the back of my head first and then I was being dragged 10, 15 feet under the front tire," Bogert said.
In addition to tire marks on his back, Bogert received 13 stitches across his stomach. His pelvis was chipped and there are scrapes on both knees and elbows.
Connor Covey watched the incident, which happened on Wednesday, play out and immediately ran after the driver.
“I ran up and slammed on the window and I was, like, yelling at her. But then she looked at me and she looked really, kind of afraid. So she took off and ran over him again just to get away,” Covey said.
There are also tire marks on the t-shirt Bogert was wearing that afternoon.
“My initial reaction was to get up and go after her and I took about three steps and collapsed and kinda crawled to the sidewalk,” Bogert said.
Bogert’s parents are working with detectives to find the driver of a gold Lexus with Nevada license plates. They have placed flyers throughout San Clemente.
"I’m hoping that she's feeling extremely guilty and will turn herself in. I just couldn't imagine doing that to another human being and leaving the scene," said Shauna Bogert.
Bogert's parents say they believe the driver doesn't know the condition their son is in -- a condition doctors say is a miracle and his parents say they are grateful for.
"Accidents happen but you know, you have to be accountable," said Bill Bogert.
Police say when they find the driver, she will face a felony charge of hit and run.