By: Marisela Burgos
INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (Oct. 17, 2014)-- A man accused of hitting a bicyclist and then leaving the accident has been charged.
Brian Harlow, 31, has been preliminarily charged with leaving the scene of an accident causing injury.
The accident happened around 7:30 a.m Friday. Tyler McDaniel, 16, was riding his bike near Raymond and Shelby Streets. According to authorities, Harlow’s car hit the back tire of McDaniel’s bicycle.
“We saw a red car driving off and we saw him flying in the air,” Isaiah Jones said.
Four middle school students, who were walking to school, heard the accident and tried to help.
“He fell back down and said ‘help’ and we all just ran over there,” Rayven Henry said.
The four students stayed with McDaniel until help arrived for him.
“That really touches me knowing that there (are) still good kids out here in this world and their parents just need to be commended for raising such good kids,” Joe McDaniel said.
Joe McDaniel was proud that the students stayed with his son, asked him questions, and called 911. McDaniel wished the driver of the car would have done the same thing.
“It angers me to an extent. They’re old enough to drive a vehicle; they’re old enough to have a license. They should definitely be old enough to make the right decision by staying at an accident,” Joe McDaniel said.
IMPD said Harlow confessed to his mother he was the driver of the car. Harlow then turned himself in to police.
“I don’t see why they’d hit him and drive off. They could have at least stayed,” Salvador Nicholson said.
McDaniel was taken to Riley Hospital for Children. His injuries included scratches, deep cuts, a broken thumb, and a fractured wrist.
“If it didn’t turn out like this, I could’ve been dead (and I wouldn’t have been able to see) my family,” McDaniel said.
Joe McDaniel said Tyler’s recovery could be 4 to 6 weeks.
“We were very fortunate it wasn’t as bad as it could’ve been,” Joe McDaniel said.