A Hesperia father is pleading for the public’s help in tracking down the person(s) responsible for nearly killing his son. “I’m begging the community for help, nobody should leave the scene of an accident, they could have killed my child. If anyone knows anything I’m begging please help”, stated Henry M. Chavez Sr. who shares the same name as his injured son, the victim, Henry M. Chavez Jr.
On Thursday, June 27, 2013, at approximately 9:30p.m., Hesperia deputies were dispatched to a hit and run traffic collision on Mesquite st. near Mesa Vista. The 17-year-old male was riding a bicycle eastbound on Mesquite when he was struck by a vehicle. The male victim sustained critical injuries and was airlifted from the scene to Arrowhead Regional Medical Center.
“My son is suffering from head trauma and a ruptured spleen. He’s in stable condition and in severe pain.” The father also confirmed his son was not wearing a helmet at the time of the impact. As of Monday, July 1st, his son remains hospitalized and in the ICU.
Henry Sr. goes on to say, “His sister thinks it’s her fault because she asked her brother to run to the store to get her some chips, she is devastated.” The incident happened when Henry Jr. and his friend were on their way back home from the store. The victim’s 16 year old male companion, who was also riding a bicycle, was not injured.
The suspect vehicle is described as a white pickup truck, possibly a Toyota with major front end damage. The driver fled from the location not even bothering to stop. The collision is under investigation by the Hesperia Station Major Accident Investigation Team (M.A.I.T.).
Anyone with any information regarding this hit and run is asked to please contact the Hesperia Station at (760)947-1500