Akron family asks driver to come forward after 5-year-old boy Joshua Shaw injured in hit-skip

Kindergartner suffers broken leg, driver takes off

AKRON, Ohio - Joshua Shaw reclines on a couch inside his Akron home and playfully flips through a Spiderman sticker book. A cast covers his left leg which was broken in two places after the 5-year-old boy was hit by a car Friday afternoon.

He wishes he had super powers to fix his leg, but understands his injuries could have been much worse.

"I'm happy it was just my leg," the kindergartner said.

Joshua and his 9-year-old sister, Jadynn, were walking home from Judith A. Resnik Elementary School around 2:50 p.m. when the scary incident happened directly in front of their home on Goodhue Drive.

Jadynn crossed the street first and made it across safely, but when Joshua followed, he was struck by a dark blue or black car.

"The dude got out of his car and started running towards Joshua and he started saying that he was sorry," Jadynn said.

But after a brief apology, the man got back in the car and drove off.

Josh's parents are furious and bewildered as they try to comprehend how someone could leave a child injured in the road without calling for help.

"I just don't think leaving the scene of a crime, leaving an obviously injured 5-year-old child on the ground, is what a normal human being does," said LaCresia Shaw, the boy's mother.

"All that I ask is that he would own up to what he's done and just be a man about it. That's the way that I would hope to raise my son," said Javan Shaw, the boy's father.

LaCresia, a history teacher at Buchtel High School, rushed home after her older son, Jordan, called to tell her about the accident.

"My older son has brought him in, put him on the couch, had an ice pack on his leg and when I moved the ice pack I could tell that his leg was broken," LaCresia said.

She loaded her crying child into her car and called 911 on her way to Akron Children's Hospital.

Joshua underwent a two-hour surgery on Saturday and doctors used nails to repair one of bones because it was shattered, according to LaCresia.

"He was just in pain. It was aching the whole time. He was given morphine for the pain," LaCresia said.

Joshua will be in a cast and use a wheelchair for two months while his leg heals. Officers with the Akron police hit-skip unit are investigating, but don't have any leads on the driver.

Joshua's father understands it was an accident and that his son was likely at fault for running in front of the car. However, he still feels the driver is acting like a coward.

"My son's body has been broken because of something that he did," Javan said.

Anyone with information on the the hit-skip is asked to call Summit County Crimestoppers at 330-434-COPS. Callers can remain anonymous and could be eligible for a reward up to $2,000.

You can watch Bob Jones' story Monday on NewsChannel5 at 5 p.m.

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