H-SANTA MARIA

Feb 8, 2011 5:26 PM by Ariel Wesler

Boy recovering after hit and run in Santa Maria

A 7 year-old-boy is recovering tonight after he was hit by a car while riding his bike in Santa Maria last night. It happened in the 300 block of North Oakley about 6 p.m. Police need your help to find the car that left the scene.

Leo Ramirez, 7, says he's feeling fine, just a day after a car hit him while he was riding his bike in Santa Maria. He didn't even realize what had happened.

"My mom told me that he crashed me, and I went to the hospital," Ramirez said.

Ramirez cut his jaw and needed stitches. Santa Maria police say he rode off the sidewalk in front of a parked truck and tried to cross the street. Officers say he was then struck by the right front end of a dark gray minivan. Witnesses told police the collision broke the van's right headlamp. At first, it stopped and backed up, then took off.

"I don't know who it was but that could have been their child, and I'm pretty positive that they would be really upset if somebody hit them and just took off," said Alejandro Salgado, Ramirez's friend.

Friends of the family say these hit and runs happen too often.

"All the time, you hear that," Delgado said. "If you hit someone, take responsibility and just stay there. You don't know if that person is dead or alive."

Officers say Ramirez was not wearing a helmet.

He was pretty naseous yesterday and has been drinking liquids. He says he will not be riding his bicycle anytime soon. Anyone with more information on the crash or the minivan should contact the Santa Maria Police Department.

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