Hit-run victim hits out as police hunt for culprit
HIT-and-run victim Danial Benson has spoken about his ordeal, telling reporters it will be a long time before he can get back on his bike.
The 14-year-old was left with a shattered right wrist, broken left leg, a busted shoulder and a broken front tooth as well as tyre marks on his right leg after being struck by a car while riding with a friend at Tweed Heads South about 6.20pm on Friday.
He may not remember the moment he was struck by the car as he cycled along Dry Dock Road, less than one kilometre from his home, but he says when he came to the pain "hurt like hell".
The driver of the car left the scene while Danial was still lying on the roadway, bloodied and injured. Speaking to a crowd of reporters from his bed at The Tweed Hospital yesterday, Danial said he was lucky to be alive, as he had not been wearing a helmet at the time.
"I don't remember being hit," he said.
"Everyone that saw it said he (the driver) stopped and yelled out and then drove off."
Doctors have told the Tweed River High student he will be in a wheelchair for the next eight weeks and faces the possibility of a life-long limp. He says it will also be a long time before he can ride his bike, an activity he enjoyed regularly.
"I love riding my bike, but it will take me a long time to get back on it."
Danial said he wanted the driver involved to "come forward", acknowledging that the incident was most likely just "an accident".
Danial's parents, Barbara and Laurie, have also pleaded for the driver to come forward.
"I can't believe he just left him there," Mrs Benson said yesterday.
"He's got to have a guilty conscience and tell somebody about it."
Despite taking statements from witnesses at the scene, Tweed Heads Police are no closer to locating the driver and are asking anyone with information to contact them.
The vehicle involved has been described as a tray-back worker's utility, and is likely to have broken headlights, as glass was found at the scene of the accident.
Danial says that while he appreciated the flood of well-wishers who had been visiting him in the hospital, he would rather the incident just had not happened.
"I wish it never happened," he said. "I kept thinking it was a dream, and on Saturday morning was hoping I would wake up at home in bed."