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12-Year-Old Victim Of Upper Darby Hit-And-Run Speaks Out

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By Todd Quinones

UPPER DARBY, Pa., (CBS) — A 12-year-old boy, the victim of a hit-and-run in Upper Darby, speaks out.

He’s recovering from his injuries after getting hit by a driver who police say ran a red light without their headlights on.

After the 12-year-old boy was hit, the driver left him in the middle of the road like an animal.

John Schott is lucky to be alive.

Treated for cuts to his face, the 12-year-old also suffered a concussion and a broken left leg.

“The next thing you know, I get hit. I passed out for a couple of seconds, the next thing I know I’m down on the ground,” Upper Darby resident John Schott Jr. said.

It was here at West Chester Pike and Cedar Lane Uupper Darby police say the driver who’s lights were off hit Schott and didn’t stop, leaving the young man who has a form of Autism alone and semi-conscious in the street at night.

“When he woke up he crawled to the sidewalk because he was afraid he was going to get run over by another car,” Upper Darby Police Superintendent Michael Chitwood said.

“I managed to get to the curb as quick as I could,” Schott said.

Fortunately a good Samaritan pulled over and called for help.

In the meantime, police are checking surveillance cameras in the area to try and find video of the car and driver who hit him.

Schott’s dad, John Sr. calls the driver a coward for leaving his boy injured on a busy stretch of road just after 8 p.m. Friday night.

“Accidents happen. You could’ve stopped. You didn’t stop,” Schott Sr. said.

Upper Darby Police are hoping others who may have been in the area at that time will come forward to help track down the driver.

“I consider these people who do these types of reckless behavior as pure scumbags,” Chitwood said.

“I was lucky to survive with just a broken leg and a couple of scratches,” Schott Jr. said.

The car is described as a dark colored sedan possibly with tinted windows.

The Upper Darby Police Foundation is offering a $1,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the driver.

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