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APD seeks driver who yelled 'sorry' after dragging boy on bike

ALLENTOWN, Pa. - The intersection of Roth and Sumner avenues in Allentown has both car and bike traffic, but around 4:15 p.m. on May 2, 16-year-old Nicolas Vega said his bike ride was cut short by a female driver.

"She told me to go, and when I went, that's when she hit the gas," Vega recalled.

Vega said he was on the sidewalk with his bike when he saw the car coming through a parking lot. He said the driver stopped and waved him forward. Nicolas said he started to go. Then, the woman gunned it. She hit him, and then took off dragging him down Sumner Avenue.

"It was like a chain-reaction. The car latched onto the bike; the bike latched onto me," Vega said.

He told 69 News he remembers his head bumping up and down on the ground.

"I wasn't dragged far…but I was dragged," he said.

"I was in complete shock," his mother, Diana Bueno, said.

At the hospital, she was told that her son had suffered a concussion.

Police took the hit-and-run report and said they'd try to find the driver, but the tough mom of three boys took matters into her own hands. She went to 11 businesses and stores around the intersection, looking for surveillance cameras. She got pictures of a blue and silver car that police said is the one they're looking for.

"I'm angry. I'm beyond angry. I don't know how... if she's a mother herself, so how could she as a mother, leave a child on the ground? In the street? What kind of mother would do something like that?" Bueno said.

Vega and his bike are OK, but there's still some lasting damage from the concussion, and there will be more visits to the doctor.

"There's memory loss. There's random headaches at times, and then sometimes, the random headaches grow into bigger pulses, and it just hurts," Vega said.

"She didn't do anything. She yelled 'sorry' out the window, but kept going," Bueno said, shaking her head.

She wants the person who did this to be punished.

"I want her to be found. I want her to be found and I want justice," Bueno said.

Vega was riding with a friend that day, and he was able to get help for Vega to get to the hospital.

The boys said they clearly remember seeing two young girls in the car, along with the driver, who police describe as a white woman with blonde hair, driving the silver-blue sedan.

If you know or saw anything, you're asked to call the Allentown Police Department or Ofc. Rosenberger at 610-437-7731.

 


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