CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Charlotte-Mecklenburg police are searching for a driver who hit a child and fled the scene in east Charlotte Monday night.
Justis Retamer was hit while riding his bicycle near his home off of Idlebrook drive.
His big sister’s friend saw it happen.
“I went over there to see if he was still breathing and then I went in my house and called 911," Lyanna Hunter said. "He was just laying on the ground and he wasn’t moving. He was trying to move but he couldn't and he was trying to talk to but nothing came out.”
His sister, Ladasha Moore, was nearby and came running.
“I just heard Justis got hit by a car and I ran down to see if he was OK and he wasn’t really moving.”
He'd been coming down the hill on his bike, trying to get to the sidewalk when the kids say the driver came flying down the road.
Hunter said, “I thought it was crazy and scary that they didn’t get out of the car to check on him. They just stopped and looked at him and just kept going.”
Neighbors say drivers regularly use this neighborhood road as a cut through from some major roads nearby and very often those drivers are going 15 to 20 miles over the speed limit.
Police are looking for the driver and family members say Justis is in critical condiion with broken ribs, a broken shoulder blade and pelvis.
The girls visited him today and were grateful to hear him talk just a little.
“He was saying hi to me and when we were leaving he was saying, I'll see you later.”
They have a message for the driver who hit Justis. The just want him to turn himself in to police.