Hit-and-run hero

January 14, 2009 5:03:21 PM PST
Eric Kelley read well-wishes from his classmates on Wednesday. The 65 pound third-grader was recovering at home after being run over by a 4000 pound Lincoln Navigator on Tuesday night.[SIGN UP: Get headlines and breaking news sent to you]

The 10-year-old got home from the hospital early Wednesday morning. He's bruised and cut up, but in good spirits. He called his best friend "his hero."

"God was with me. He was watching over us while we were at the store," said Kelley.

Kelley and his friend were on their bikes when police say the driver of the SUV blew through the stop sign at Avenue E and Cesar Chavez striking Kelley.

"Just shocked. I didn't know what to do," said Kelley.

Kelley said he and his mangled bike were stuck under the SUV. He has bruises where its tire drove over his leg, but somehow didn't break it. It may have done just that or worse had his friend not pulled him from underneath the vehicle, right before the driver backed up.

"He saved me. Pulling me out under the car so I wouldn't be killed," said Kelley.

According to Kelley, then the two people in the SUV got out.

"They switched spots. I seen the guy get out of the car. And the lady went on to the passenger side," said Kelley.

Kelley's hero, nine-year-old Ruben Nuncio, saw that too and said whoever was in the SUV never even asked if they were okay.

"Why would they leave us there? Why won't they help us? Why won't they help me pick him up?" said Nuncio.

Nuncio put his friend over his shoulder and hauled him nearly two blocks home for help.

"Very scary. I thought I was gonna lose my baby," said Eric's mother, Leticia Kelley.

After calling 911, Leticia Kelley said she ran to the scene and saw the SUV speed off.

Police found it later at a house just down the street from where the boy was hit. They questioned two people there. A man there told Eyewitness News the woman questioned denied any wrongdoing.

"She said never hit anybody. She was just like that. She's worried. She doesn't know what's gonna happen to her," said Alex Castro, the cousin of the woman questioned.

Police have so far made no arrests and charged no one with any crime in this case.

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