Child survives hit-and-run in New Ellenton; mother hopes police find suspect

Tristan Watson hit-and-run

Tristan Watson survived a hit-and-run. The suspect has yet to be identified. (WRDW-TV / June 26, 2012)

News 12 at First at Five / Tuesday, June 26, 2012

NEW ELLENTON, S.C. -- Last week, Tristan Watson got on his bike for a short ride to Dollar General. The 13-year-old needed supplies for a science project.

"Next thing we know, he's gone. We get a phone call from him about two minutes out, and he was telling me he was hit by a car and that the car's gone,” said his mother, Kristie Watson.

"I see this royal blue car come out of the side, and it looks like he's about to go on the other side, so I stay on my side, and he just hits me,” Tristan recounted.

He suffered a concussion and lots of cuts and bruises. He's doing better, but now his mother wants answers.

"People talk whenever something happens, we figured. Somebody would say something, and the police would find out,” she said.

The Aiken firefighter knows resources are tight, especially in New Ellenton. She just hopes the New Ellenton Police Department is doing everything possible.

"It just seems like a week's a long time to go without having any viable suspect or anything like that,” Kristie said.

Additionally, even with a concussion and lots of pain, the sharp 13-year-old got a good description for police.

"It was a royal blue, like a really dark blue. It had a white streak on the side of the doors,” he said. “The driver was a white male. He was a smoker and he had dark hair."

"We've been tracking down every vehicle in the local area that we can identify with those markings, as well as the driver being a white male with dark hair,” said Cpl. Detroit Spires with New Ellenton Police Department.

He says the case is being investigated thoroughly but that it's just tough in a case without a whole lot of evidence.

"We are working the case. We are actively working the case,” he said.

Meanwhile, Tristan's mother is working on her own investigation. She's getting tips from friends through Facebook.

"I just want someone to give us an answer. Why would you hit a kid and leave him laying in the road?” Kristie asked.

If you have any information, you're asked to contact the New Ellenton Police Department.

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