Police seek new tips after 7-year-old is critically injured in hit-and-run accident

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IMPD detectives continue to look for the person who hit a young boy, who was trying to cross the road, and then left the scene.

It has been nearly a week since David Lopez, 7, was hit. He, along with a few other friends, were trying to cross Troy Avenue near Walcott Street to invite friends over to a party.

Lopez was taken to Riley Hospital for Children at IU Health.

His family wants to know more about what happened Wednesday night and to find the person responsible. Erika Trejo is Lopez’s aunt. She said the family is sad and concerned.

Lopez’s father said he wants people to be careful driving. He urges people to pay attention, when someone is trying to cross the road.

IMPD detectives said they have not received additional tips. They also said there wasn’t any evidence left behind along Troy Avenue. They only have a vague description of the car they are looking for.

“The only description we have, at this point- we’re not 100 percent confident this is the correct description- is a maroon, older style shaped car with front damage,” IMPD Lt. Chris Bailey said.

Lt. Bailey said time is of the utmost importance following a hit-and-run accident.  If there’s a delay, it makes the crime more difficult to solve.

“In that time period, someone could take the car out of state. They could sell the car. They could get the car fixed. So, the longer it goes, the harder it is to track down those responsible,” Lt. Bailey said.

Lt. Bailey hopes someone will speak up and call Crime Stoppers at (317) 262-TIPS.

“Someone out there knows who did this or if you did it yourself, you need to come forward. We need to bring some closure to this family,” Lt. Bailey said.

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