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Teen Walking Mom to Bus Seeing Her Off on Job Interview Hit by Car and Left for Dead

The crash was caught on video, but the search for the driver continues.

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A South Bay teenager was in the hospital with serious injuries after a driver hit him on his bike, and his mother was pleading with the driver to come forward after she watched it happen feet away from her.

The boy’s mother was hesitant to speak out but she wants this driver caught.

The crash occurred Friday morning at 7:30 a.m. at Doty and Rosecrans avenues in Hawthorne.

As 15-year-old Jose Garcia started to make his way across the street on a bike with his mom nearby, he was struck by a hit-and-run driver coming at full speed. The crash was captured on camera. 

“He’s just bedridden. He can't move,” Florencia Lopez, the boy’s mother, said in Spanish. 

Garcia’s mother talked with NBCLA outside Harbor UCLA Medical Center. Hawthorne police helped translate, saying her son was unconscious until Sunday. He has serious head injuries, a broken leg, arm, and fractured feet.

A passenger was escorted off an Allegiant flight departing Mesa, Arizona, after getting into a fight with another passenger. The altercation began when a man who was wearing a face shield was told he needed to wear a face mask, according to a witness.

Had it not been for his bike bearing the brunt of the impact, Hawthorne police think he may not have survived.

“Well, the speed limit is 40, and he ran a red light. So if you can imagine at 40 mph not stopping?” said Officer Pedro Nambo.

Police say the driver of the white car did not stop at all, leaving the teen on the street. His mother said he is all she has. 

After eight months unemployed, she was seeing about a new job Friday. She says her son was walking her to the bus stop for her interview when he was struck. 

Lopez feels the world is unfair and wants justice for her son. 

Pastor Greg Laurie, head of Harvest Christian Fellowship in Riverside, attending a Rose Garden ceremony, and like many others did not wear a mask. Tony Shin reports Oct. 5, 2020.

“It’s not fair that we are all human and the fact this person did this like we were a piece of trash...just not right,” she said. 

Police believe the car is a Toyota Corolla, or possibly a Camry, with extensive damage to the front and windshield.

Investigators are searching the area for better security video that may have captured the license plate. 

NBCLA verified that a family friend has created a GoFundMe to help the victim's single mother. If you would like to donate to the GoFundMe, you may do so here. Please note that GoFundMe takes a percentage of all funds raised in the form of platform and other fees.

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