Teen struck in hit-and-run crash in Allentown

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Teen struck in hit-and-run crash in Allentown. Walter Perez reports during Action News at 4 p.m. on January 16, 2019.

Police say a 15-year-old boy was seriously injured after a hit-and-run in Allentown.

"He's so young. It's crazy because we care about him a lot."

Gabriel Baez and Shayne Torres are the victim's cousins.

They say the whole thing unfolded Tuesday around 6 p.m.

Torres said, "His mom had sent him out to the car to get something and it was when he was coming back across the street the car had hit him."

Witnesses say the impact was so violent, the 15-year-old victim went airborne, landing approximately 30 feet down the road at the intersection of South 10th and Harrison streets.

Osvaldo Zapata, who lives next door, was among the first of the scene.

"He was breathing but it was like slowly trying to recuperate from the incident because the car must have hit him really bad. There was glass on the floor and everything," said Zapata.

Family members say the way commuters routinely speed down 10th Street, it's no surprise someone was injured.

They just never thought it would be one of their own.

"Every day someone is flying through here. There's been like four or five accidents on this road over the last two years. Like last year a car flipped over on my front lawn," addedTorres.

Meanwhile, the victim remains in critical condition at Lehigh Valley Hospital-Cedar Crest but Torres says there is a reason for hope.

"The doctor says they're getting better signs as its going but yesterday night, he still was unconscious," he said.

Investigators are searching for the vehicle involved, but have not released a description.

Anyone with information is urged to contact Allentown police.
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