Hit and run driver seriously injures Midland boy, MPD asking for help to identify driver

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MIDLAND, Texas (Nexstar)- Midland Police are asking for help from the community to identify a suspect in a hit and run accident that left a Midland boy seriously injured. 

Around 8:35 p.m. Wednesday, MPD officers responded to the 5000 block of Andrews Highway regarding a vehicle versus pedestrian accident. 

Investigators say a boy walking near the intersection of Andrews Highway and Idlewilde Drive tried to cross the street in the 5000 block of Andrews Highway. The boy was hit by a truck traveling eastbound on Andrews Highway. 

Police say after the crash, the driver sped away from the scene. 

The boy was taken to the hospital with serious injuries. 

ABC Big 2 spoke with the boy’s aunt who says their family want the driver responsible to come forward.

Jennifer Baker says when she got the call about her nephew Blaine Boaz she was shocked .

“He told us that he remembered being hit, going in the air and waking up with a bunch of people around him taking care of him,” Baker said. “I got to the hospital, I went from, they’re just going to release him he’s going to be just fine to every bone in his body being broken.”

Baker says she doesn’t understand why the truck driver didn’t stop to help.

” I would like to know the reason because I couldn’t imagine not stopping.” Baker said. “So many people stopped to make sure he was okay except for the one person that should have.”

Baker says Blaine has a long road to recovery. Despite this bad situation he still is in good spirits.

“We video chatted him, my kids are 4 and 5 and he was just a trooper for them.” Baker said. ” He lifted his hands and gave them a thumbs up and he said I’m going to be okay it hurts but I’m going to be okay.”

But Blaine’s family is thankful he is still alive and for all the people that helped him.

” I just want to thank every person that stopped to take care of our baby when we weren’t able to do it,” Baker said.

The truck was last seen traveling south on Midland Drive near Cuthbert and is described as an older model white Ford F-150 with a white headache rack and a toolbox in the truck bed. 

Anyone with information is asked to call Midland Crime Stoppers at 432-694-TIPS. 

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