IMPD: Child, 7, in critical condition after hit-and-run

Police think maroon, box-style car involved

INDIANAPOLIS - Indianapolis police are searching for a driver who struck a child and fled the scene Wednesday night.

IMPD spokesman Christopher Wilburn said David Lopez, 7, was hit near Troy Avenue and Walcott Street while trying to cross the street.

Lopez and three other boys had just left a birthday party and were headed to a friend's house to see if he could join them, police said.

"They was walking down the sidewalk, all of a sudden, you hear this big thud and he was laying in the middle of the street," said area resident Tim Bacher. "The car just took off."

Lopez suffered serious head injuries, a broken leg and fractured pelvis, Indianapolis police said. He was in critical condition late Thursday morning at Riley Hospital for Children.

Wilburn said investigators are looking for an older-model, dark maroon box-style car.

The vehicle was last seen going east on Troy Avenue, police said.

Sgt. Steve Park with IMPD's hit-and-run unit said the driver is likely aware of what happened.

"You hit somebody that weighs 50 pounds, you're going to know," he said. "You know when you run over a squirrel. You know when you hit a kid. You're going to know."

Police are leaning heavily on public support to bring the driver to justice.

"If the driver is out there, you need to turn yourself in," said Lt. Chris Bailey, with IMPD. "There is a grieving family at the hospital right now that wants answers. We want answers. We want to know if there's something we can do to stop this thing from happening in the future. So if you're out there, turn yourself in, and if... you know where the car is, you need to call us."

Anyone with information about this incident is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 317-262-TIPS. Callers can remain anonymous.

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