Tampa hit-and-run driver left boy, 12, in pool of blood

Darryle Ortega was injured by a hit-and-run driver.
Darryle Ortega was injured by a hit-and-run driver.
Darryle Ortega was injured by a hit-and-run driver.
Darryle Ortega was injured by a hit-and-run driver.

TAMPA, Fla. (WFLA) —  It might be months before 12-year-old Darryle Ortega is walking again after he was injured by a hit-and-run driver.

“They realized the bones were shattered from ankle to hip bone, every bone in his left leg,” said Melinda Edwards, Darryle’s mother. “Now he’s got to go over all of these milestones because someone didn’t have a heart,” added Melinda.

Darryle will spend his Thanksgiving week in the hospital after he was hit Thursday along Hanna Avenue.

Darryle was outside with a friend, when a car hit him from behind. Darryle doesn’t remember hearing or seeing the car, but witnesses said he pushed his friend out of the way.

“The car almost hit him, so I pushed him over the fence, then the car hit me then I tried to get the car off of me,” said Ortega whose temporarily lost consciousness.

“My baby was lying on the ground just in a pool of blood, he wasn’t saying anything, he wasn’t moving,” said Melinda who found her son in the road. The driver who hit Darryle left him there.  “They tried to back up and his body was slumped over the hood,” said Melinda.

“I’m very god fearing but obviously they’re not god fearing,” said Darryle’s father Johon Edwards about the driver who left him there. “I just ask if there’s any one out there who knows anything I am begging so please just give information,” said Melinda.

Detectives with the Tampa Police Department are looking for a newer model silver sedan, possibly a Ford Fusion, that hit Darryle.

If you have information that can help investigators, call Tampa police.

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