Salem teen injured by hit-and-run driver: 'I’m not mad at them' - KPTV - FOX 12

Salem teen injured by hit-and-run driver: 'I’m not mad at them'

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Evan Duvall at his home Monday. Evan Duvall at his home Monday.
Evan Duvall being taken to the hospital following a hit-and-run crash Saturday. (Source: KPTV) Evan Duvall being taken to the hospital following a hit-and-run crash Saturday. (Source: KPTV)
The intersection of NE Center & NE Hawthorne in Salem. (Source: KPTV) The intersection of NE Center & NE Hawthorne in Salem. (Source: KPTV)
SALEM, OR (KPTV) -

Salem police are looking for the hit-and-run driver responsible for hitting a teenager on a skateboard in the middle of an intersection Saturday night, sending the teen to the hospital with a broken cheekbone.

“When I looked to my right the car was extremely close and I just saw the bright lights and all I remember was just thinking, ‘I can’t stop,’ and that was it,” Evan Duvall told FOX 12. “I couldn’t remember anything past that point.”

Duvall, 16, was with his friend Saturday night and they were crossing Northeast Center Street in the crosswalk at Northeast Hawthorne – Duvall on his skateboard and his friend on a bike – when a driver heading south on Hawthorne hit him.

“My friend had to swerve out of the way so they didn’t hit his back tire, and by the time I looked over it was already too late because I couldn’t stop and there was no backing out of it,” Duvall said.

The impact knocked him unconscious and he was rushed to Salem Hospital with a broken cheekbone.

His father, Dustin Duvall, learned about the crash when the hospital called him.

By the time he arrived, his son was in a neck brace and looked battered and bruised.

“It was scary going up there,” Dustin Duvall said. “I teared up instantly – seeing your kid like that, nobody wants to see that. You never want to see your kid in pain.”

Witnesses told police the car that hit Evan is a light-colored four-door sedan, possibly silver, beige or gold. The driver was described as a Hispanic man in his late 50’s or early 60’s who had a woman about the same age in the passenger seat.

Police say the driver never stopped.

The car has significant body damage to the hood and a shattered windshield.

“They definitely knew they hit somebody. They almost struck his friend that was right in front of him on a bike… They hit Evan, he went flying, he was knocked unconscious immediately,” Dustin Duvall added. “I want the person caught. They had no regard whether he was alive or dead. He was unconscious, so at that point they had no clue.”

Police are asking for the public’s help finding the driver responsible or the car that was involved in the crash.

Evan Duvall is recovering at home, with a bruised and swollen face and crutches to help him walk with a leg sore from suspected torn ligaments.

But through it all, he has a heart of compassion.

“If this person was ever caught, I’m not mad at them for it, I’m not mad at them at all,” Evan said. “I just want them to come forward and be honest about it.”

If you have any information that can help, contact Salem police.

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