Families Searching for Answers after Hit and Run
Fractured jaws, broken teeth, a lacerated liver – just some of the injuries suffered by two teen boys in Rio Linda because of a hit-and-run driver.
“We can’t believe someone did that to our sons,” said Kim Alexander, mother of Malcolm Bandy.
Disbelief and desperation from the parents of Bandy and friend Andrew Whitten as their sons fight to recover from what happened to them at Dry Creek Road and Elkhorn Boulevard.
Thursday had been a skateboard-bike kind of night between friends until the unthinkable happened.
“They looked up and there was a car directly in front of them – swerving into their lane and hit them. Malcolm was knocked unconscious and Andrew was thrown some feet and the car drove off,” said Amy Whitten-Hurlbut.
“Why, why would you hit them?,” cried Alexander.
“All I could see were was a crumpled bike, all these cops,” said Steve Bandy, Malcolm’s father.
Investigators do know it was the driver of a dark, possibly green, Ford pick-up who hit the boys and left them.
That truck likely is now missing it’s right passenger side mirror.
There is little else to go on now- as these parents are left to help their children heal.
For animal-lover and aspiring peace corp member Andrew…
“Part of his lips are gone in places where they’ve been scraped off or what not,” said Whitten-Hurlbut.
Similar mouth wounds – a double injury for Malcolm the musician, hoping for a college scholarship.
“He plays bassoon, clarinet, bass clarinet,” said Bandy.
Now, both boys are struggling to talk and to contemplate what’s happened.
“It’s not O.K. and it could be someone else’s child next and it’s not right. It wasn’t O.K. last night and it’s not alright tomorrow.”
The boys have been listed as critical but stable.
If you know anything about who hurt them you’re asked to call the North Sacramento office of the California Highway Patrol at (916) 338-6710.