Father wants driver to ‘man up’ after son hit while biking from school

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“They hurt my son. They almost killed him.”

A 13-year-old boy is recovering in the hospital after he was hit by a vehicle Thursday while riding his bicycle. Police are still searching for the suspect.

It happened along Fort Weaver Road. Officials say the boy was struck by the side view mirror of the vehicle as it passed by.

We spoke to the boy’s father Jason Sullivan. He says Kyle and his friends had just gotten out of school at Ilima Intermediate.

“They were in the bike lane headed to the manapua truck. He never seen it coming. Never saw any of it,” Sullivan said.

Sullivan says a truck clipped Kyle and sped off without stopping. Kyle was rushed to Queen’s Medical Center with broken bones in his face.

“His whole cheek area is crushed and shattered, and his eye socket, the bottom part, is broken,” Sullivan said.

Kyle was transferred out of the trauma unit and must now undergo surgery.

While Sullivan’s main priority is his son’s health, he says it’s all starting to sink in and he wants to find out who did this to his son.

“Man up and come forward. Everybody makes mistakes. I don’t know what happened, but you gotta own up to your responsibilities, you know?” he said.

Witnesses describe the car as an older, white pickup truck with about four passengers and a dent on the side of the truck, where Kyle was hit.

“Somebody should have said, ‘Hold on, wait, he’s hurt.’ He was bleeding right away. A lot of blood out of his mouth,” said Sullivan.

“That’s the worst possible thing you can do to another human being, to hit a person and not take responsibility for it,” said Chad Taniguchi with the Hawaii Bicycling League. “Help the person get medical help and make sure they’re okay.”

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