Dmitri Rincones and his family are seeking answers and the public's assistance regarding a hit and run accident that took place on Saturday in Dodge City.
According to Dodge City Police Chief Drew Francis, on Jan. 27 at around 1:48 p.m., a vehicle was traveling west bound on Willow Street near Kirk Street when it collided with a child that had run across the street.
The vehicle then left the scene of the accident and did not make a report.
"The driver is unknown and was driving a red pickup truck," Francis said of the police report. "We still have follow up to do on this and any tips from the community are always welcome."
For Rincones, the accident has been a major ordeal for his family.
"My son broke his femur and shattered his pelvis," Rincones said. "He may not be able to walk right anymore and has completed surgery and is back home where he is wheelchair bound.
"My son could have been killed and this person just drove off."
According to Dana S. Cox, owner of Cox Painting located on Willow Street, drivers in the area have been driving erratically for quite some time.
"It is sad to see," she said. "Vehicles fly through here all the time. "About 9 months ago a car came flying through here and almost hit some kids that were walking towards the park."
Rincones said that his children and niece were in the area when the hit and run had taken place when they were at their grandparents house.
Rincones said the kids were walking to the park when it occurred.
"There needs to be some speed limit and children at play signs around here," Rincones said. "My other son and niece said the truck was red with big black tires and black rims.
"I want some answers and I want help finding the person who did this."
Assistant City Manager Melissa McCoy said that the incident is being looked into to make sure the right steps need to be taken to get the signage.
"We are going to have a discussion with the department heads on Monday," McCoy said. "We are deeply regretful this took place and there are certain requirements that need to be put in place for signs to be put up."
More information from the city will be available next week.
"Officers are canvassing the neighborhood for any possible video and questioning all associations with a red truck in the area," Francis said.
If anyone has any information regarding the hit and run accident, please call the Dodge City Police Department at 620-225-8126 or the tip411 text messaging service by texting information to 847411.
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