Search on for driver who struck teen riding skateboard in Vista

Incident occurred near East Dr., N. Santa Fe Ave.

VISTA, Calif. - A local mother is looking for the driver who ran over her son while he was riding his skateboard in Vista.

Cellphone video shows a teenager on a stretcher after he was hit by a truck.

"I do know they hit him and left him for dead and didn't care … and they sped off," said the teenager's mother, who only wanted to be identified by her first name, Spring.

The teenager's name is Chase. Photos show his eye swollen shut.

"He got 12 stitches in his eye … a concussion, lacerations, bruises," said his mother.

She called 10News asking for help finding the person behind the wheel that night. 

"A green Ford Ranger hit my child, ran him over and never stopped," she said.

The incident occurred just after midnight Saturday, Feb. 1. Chase and a friend were on their way back to the friend's house after getting some fast food and were crossing East Drive near North Santa Fe Avenue.

Photos show the scuffed up metal supports and the cracked skateboard. His parents got the call as Chase was being loaded into the ambulance.

"We didn't know what we were going to find, or if Chase was even going to be alive," said Spring.

The 16-year-old survived.

"This has emotionally traumatized my son as well as physically," said his mother.  

The family has started a folder to collect all of the bills that keep coming, which so far total almost $50,000. They have not even received the bill from the ambulance company yet and do not have insurance. 

The San Diego County Sheriff's Department is investigating but Chase's family is just praying that someone will come forward with information.

"I know somebody knows what happened that night," said Spring.

Anyone with any information is asked to call the sheriff's department in Vista.

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