Teenage Boy Struck, Injured in Hit-Run Near Bronx Park: Police

A speeding driver hit a teenage boy next to a crowded park in the Bronx, sending him flying into the air, before the driver and a passenger took off on foot, police and witnesses say. 

The 17-year-old boy was struck at East 165th Street and Union Avenue in Morrisania at about 4 p.m, according to authorities.

"He went at least seven feet in the air," said witness Sean Berrios. 

The driver kept going, crashing into the back of a semi-trailer truck, and then bailed from the car and ran away on foot, according to police. 

Witnesses said they saw two people run from the car, although police say they're only searching for a driver. 

"The guys just ran," said Berrios. "I saw the car crash and was like, 'wow,' and we all just ran to the side." 

The teen was taken to Lincoln Hospital with head and body trauma and was listed in critical condition, police say. 

"He was bleeding from the head, there was a lot of blood,"  said witness Kevin McGee. "I hope he's OK." 

Chopper 4 over the scene showed the car crashed up on a sidewalk and behind the truck next to a large ball field, the Basil Behagen Playground. 

Police are searching for the driver. It's not clear whether the vehicle belonged to the driver. 

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