Police are continuing their search for the driver of a vehicle involved in a hit and run on Sunday, April 28, which left a seven-year-old boy badly injured.
The driver hit the young boy on Montgomery St in Hastings around 3pm before speeding off in a northerly direction towards Gascoigne St. Witnesses described the car in question as black with a silver stripe.
The seven-year-old boy, who was riding a tricycle at the end of his father's driveway at the time of the accident, was admitted to hospital and underwent surgery to treat his injuries.
The father of the boy issued a plea last week for the driver to turn themselves in.
"If they have any heart they'll come forward. What if it had been their son or daughter? I just want them to think about what they've done and just own up. And if they don't, I hope what they've done just builds inside them and they carry that burden. I hope they have nightmares about it."
He said most drivers knew the street often had children playing along it and took care.
The driver involved in the hit and run was travelling between 20 and 30km/h.
"I do take my hat off to him for driving at the appropriate speed, if he had been going any faster it could have been fatal."
The boy had been visiting his father for the school holidays at the time. The tricycle he was riding had been a present from his dad to use while he was there.
"It's just so sad that he had to go through all of this when he was meant to be here enjoying himself for the week.
"It's his holidays and he's meant to be having fun but he was lying in a hospital bed in pain."
The boy was discharged from hospital last Monday and returned home to Wellington late last week. He is expected to make a full recovery.