Mother of teen injured in New Bedford hit-and-run asks for public’s help in finding driver

NEW BEDFORD, Mass. (WLNE) – The mother of a teenager struck by a driver while riding his bike in New Bedford on Saturday is asking for the public’s help in finding the person responsible.

Kristy Amaral said her son, Cameron, was riding his bike around 5 p.m. and attempted to cross the road at a crosswalk at the intersection of Purchase Street and Deane Street. That’s when she said a driver behind the wheel of a yellow Jeep struck him and dragged him several feet.

“When I talked to him, he said, mom, all I could think about was I was gonna go under the Jeep. When I got the phone call I was frantic,” Amaral said.

The 15-year-old was treated on scene by first responders and was not seriously injured.

“The passenger side hit my son’s bike, so his left leg is a bit bruised, his foot’s a bit twisted. No breaks thank god,” she said. “EMTs said what they heard over the radio was 15-year-old vs. Jeep and (in) six minutes they were here. I just kept thanking them.”

The driver of the Jeep took off after hitting Cameron, Amaral said, and now she’s on the hunt to find it.

“It angered me because my son told me that when he was wedged against the passenger side, there was a female with red hair leaning towards the driver, and the only thing she said was, ‘oh my god he’s gonna tell his mom.’ This is what we’ve come to, instead of being a responsible adult and pulling over to make sure he was ok.”

Amaral describes the Jeep as yellow in color with a large logo on the front hood. She said the driver was an older white man with salt and pepper hair and a gray mustache.

“He’s not hurt that bad but he’s still hurt, and now he doesn’t want to ride a bike again. I mean, come on. It’s gonna strip him of a childhood? To be afraid to cross the street? I would ask you to have a conscience and come forward,” Amaral said, addressing the person responsible. “No he’s not hurt, it could have been worse, but I mean, will this happen again? Did it happen before? Can it be worse? I don’t know why you didn’t stop.”

Anyone with information on this hit and run is urged to contact the New Bedford Police Department.

WLNE-TV 2021

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