PD looking for driver who hit boy on skateboard

Posted at 12:41 PM, Mar 08, 2016
and last updated 2016-03-08 20:40:46-05

WARNING: Some people may find the video tough to watch.

It's a tough video to watch.

A Tempe boy, 8-year-old Zion Patterson, on a skateboard is violently hit by a car and thrown to the ground. 

The worst part? The vehicle appears to stop for a brief moment (notice the brake lights) but ultimately decides to continue driving. While the boy quickly gets to his feet, no one in the car pulls over to check on him.

"If I would have done that to your child, I would have at least waited," said Zion's mom, Jamie Campbow.  

The incident was captured on surveillance video from a city bus. Tempe Police said prior to the crash the boy had just exited the bus. It appears the incident happened within a neighborhood so there is not a designated crosswalk. 

Police released the video on Tuesday, March 8 asking for the public's help in identifying the suspect's vehicle.

Tempe police say the crash happened March 2 on Hayden Lane near Kenwood Circle. The nearest major intersection is University Drive and Smith Road.

"A lot of times people are scared for whatever reason: they don't have a license, they don't have insurance, maybe they have been drinking, maybe they have warrants." Tempe Sgt. Steve Carbajal said. "Who knows what the reason is, but the bottom line is it really compounds the situation and aggravates it is when you leave the scene."

The suspect vehicle is described as a dark gray Chevrolet passenger car. The driver is believed to be a white or Hispanic female in her 20s. There may have been another female in the passenger seat.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Tempe police at 480-350-8311 or Silent Witness at 480-WITNESS.