Drivers caught speeding on road where 8-year-old was hit

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OKLAHOMA CITY - Police and family of an 8-year-old boy hit and left for dead on a road are asking for your help.

The accident happened three months ago, he was taken off the road by a Waste Management driver who later became a Pay It 4ward recipient for the actions he took to keep the child alive.

Some call it a miraculous recovery. Jonathan Collins suffered a broken femur, but the driver who left him on the road is still out there.

His family is calling for driver to turn himself into police.

Jonathan's family is also asking drivers speeding on the road to remember what happened just a few months ago.


It's hard to believe just three months ago, 8-year-old Jonathan Collins was not sure if he'd ever walk again.

"I count my blessings, everyday. A, he's not dead and B, he's not paralyzed," Jeffery Collins, Jonathan's dad said.

Jonathan was the victim of a hit and run June 19th, the very day he turned 8-years-old.

"I was going over to my friend's house and then there was no cars and he went boomp, and my nose gushed out blood," the 8-year-old remembers.

The accident happened on SW 15th Street near Pennsylvania Ave.

"When you hit the stoplight here, it turns from 40 to 25," Brenda Ellis, the child's grandmother said.

The speed limit is supposed to be 25, but Brenda says a lot of people speed.

"Not even if you holler at them and tell them to slow down, they usually just flip you off" Ellis says.

We decided to bring out the NewsChannel 4 Speed Zapper to see if people were going faster than 25 miles per hour.

There was a Ford Expedition going thirty miles an hour, only five over the limit, but Jonathan's family says even one mile over could put a child's life in danger.

Police don't have very much to go on. The one thing they have is from witnesses who say they saw a black truck or SUV leaving the scene.

"What you consider to be a very small non-consequential piece of evidence, might be the piece that breaks the case for the investigator, so don't hesitate to call" MSgt. Gary Knight, of Oklahoma City Police says.

While police focus on the investigation, Jonathan is just trying to get back on his bike.

He has a message for the person who put him through the accident.

"You need to stop when people is crossing the street," Jonathan said.

Police say with very little evidence to go on, it's difficult to find the person responsible.

Right now police say they are investigating several hundred hit and run cases in the Metro area.

If you have any information that could help solve this crime call Crime Stoppers at (405)235-7300 or text your anonymous tip to (405)415-5666. Visit their website for more information.

If you'd like to help the family with medical bills visit thier Go Fund Me page here.

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