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Mother searching for answers after young boy is hit by car

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SPRINGFIELD, MA (WGGB/WSHM) -

A hit and run investigation is underway in Springfield.

Police want to talk to the driver of a car seen on surveillance video hitting a young boy.

His mother is understandably uneasy that this could happen in her neighborhood.  Now, she is hoping you can help find the person behind the wheel. 

"This is one of my worst nightmares," said Naomi Olivero.
 
Olivero's 10 year old son, AJ, was crossing Belmont Avenue Tuesday last week to get milk for his little sister.  It's something he has done countless times before.

"He likes to feel like he can provide for his little sister. One of the little things he can do," Olivero added.
 
However, as AJ crossed busy Belmont Avenue, a car came straight through as he began walking.
 
"They were flying through the area," Olivero noted.
 
He was hit,  then stumbles to the other side of the road.
 
"The rage that went through me is something unreal.  To see your son, just by an inch or so, leave with his life. It's hard," Olivero said.
 
Springfield Police said that the driver stayed on the scene, but was not there when officers arrived.  Now, they want to talk to that driver to learn more.
 
In the meantime, AJ's mother said he has multiple foot fractures and a possible broken rib.
 
"Emotionally, he is doing pretty rough, but he's a trooper.  He's trying his hardest," Olivero explained.

Springfield Police told Western Mass News that they are continuing the investigation.  They said that the driver stayed on scene, but they are still working to identify the driver.

Anyone with information is asked to contact police.

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