'Even if it's not your fault, you have to stop'

Posted at 5:12 PM, Dec 08, 2015
and last updated 2015-12-08 20:12:43-05

A whole community is working to find the driver who struck a young boy on a Mira Mesa street and left the scene.

On Nov. 29, 2-year-old David was on a scooter when he was hit by a teal, 4-door sedan -- possibly a Honda Accord -- on Westonhill Drive.

His mother, Kerstin Kirchstieger, told 10News he suffered a fractured skull and three hip fractures.

"I saw David come over the windshield, flying up in the air; the helmet came off upon impact with the car," she said.

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Dash cam video from a witness showed the driver, who appears to be a woman, briefly pull over to a stop. The video then shows the car leave as Kirchstieger hugs her son.

"I can't believe it. I seriously could not believe it. Even if it's not your fault, you have to stop," Kirchstieger said.

Young David was rushed to the hospital, but Kirchstieger said, "We just thought we lost him."

David is now recovering at home and will be on bedrest for the next four weeks. He is expected to make a full recovery.

Meanwhile, community members banded together to pass out flyers with information on the case, in hopes of tracking down the driver.

The family is simply hoping the driver will take responsibility for the incident.

Police say the crash may not have been the driver's fault, but it is considered a felony crime because the driver did not stay.