Phoenix police searching for driver who struck teen on bike, fled scene

Posted at 2:36 PM, Sep 13, 2017
and last updated 2017-09-13 23:20:15-04

Authorities are continuing to search for a driver who struck a teenager in Ahwatukee and left the scene. 

Police were called to the area of Ray Road and Mountain Parkway on Sunday after 13-year-old Clayton (CJ) Biehl was struck while riding a black bike in the area.

According to a family friend of the victim, the suspect allegedly ran a red light before hitting the boy who was heading home. Shortly after the incident, the car was spotted at the Circle K near 32nd Street and Chandler Boulevard.

Clayton's mother, Sarah Biehl, says it wasn't unusual for her son to miss curfew. 

"I kept hitting redial," Biehl said. "And then I'm texting him 'What's your excuse this time?'" 

Finally, someone answered his phone, however, it wasn't her son — it was a first responder. 

The teen was hospitalized but has since been released. He has not been identified.

The suspect was driving a silver Nissan Sentra that sustained front-end damage due to the accident, officials said. The windshield was “smashed in.”

CJ's grandmother said there weren't any skid marks at the scene indicating that the suspect didn't even attempt to brake. 

The sedan’s front bumper was also severely damaged after the driver went over the curb and into landscaping on the side of the road, authorities described. The car does not have tinted windows and is believed to have a cloth interior.

Anyone with information about the incident or knows the suspect’s whereabouts is urged to contact Phoenix Police.

A GoFundMe has been set up to go towards the victim's medical expenses: