Teen bicyclist struck by hit-and-run driver in Anaheim

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A teenage boy riding his bike suffered critical injuries after being struck by a hit-and-run driver in the 900 block of South Brookhurst Street in Anaheim. (KABC)

A teenager suffered critical injuries after being struck by a hit-and-run driver in Anaheim on Sunday.

Anaheim police said the teen was hit in the 900 block of South Brookhurst Street at about 10:40 p.m.

Authorities said the boy was riding in the bicycle lane heading southbound when a gray mid-2000s Dodge Caravan slammed into him then fled the scene.

"Witnesses described the vehicle as driving erratically prior to the collision, failing to stop after hitting the bicyclist and then driving erratically after the collision as well," Sgt. Daron Wyatt with the Anaheim Police Department said.

The teen, who was wearing a helmet, was rush to the hospital and was listed in critical, but stable condition.

"It's heartbreaking, people need to understand an accident is an accident. But once you flee the scene or fail to stop and render aid as you're required by law, it becomes a crime," Wyatt explained. "This does not usually end well for these drivers. We will be able to track them down and we will find them and we will prosecute."

Police were looking for information regarding the driver or the van, which officials said would have front-end hood and windshield damage.

Anyone with information was urged to call Orange County Crime Stoppers at 1-855-847-6227. Callers can remain anonymous.
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