A Staten Island family is asking for the public's help in finding a hit-and-run driver who injured their son near his school in Brooklyn, an incident that brings back memories of a deadly hit-and-run the same family dealt with years ago. NY1's Dean Meminger filed the following report.
Jackson Mcleer, 14, says he's lucky he wasn't killed Wednesday when he was hit by a car at the intersection of 86th Street and Fourth Avenue in Brooklyn.
"The mirror hit my chest," he said. "I bounced off the car, blacked out for two or three seconds, got back up, walked over to the sidewalk. I forgot who laid me down, and I called my father."
The teen says he was coming from football practice and was running across the street to catch the bus and didn't see the car. The driver didn't stop.
Jackson spent two nights in the hospital. His family says they were told he has a cracked rib and some fluid around his liver.
His father, Adam, is outraged that the driver didn't stop.
"My message is stop being a turkey, man, and turn yourself in, because that's the right thing to do as a man or as a woman," Adam Mcleer said.
Although Jackson should make a full recovery, the incident has brought back some horrible memories and emotions for the family. Back in 1994, Adam Mcleer's mother, Donna, and 4-year-old sister, Michele, were killed by a truck in the same neighborhood on 92nd Street.
The driver was never found.
"I wake up every day and my mother and sister are gone in the most horrific way you could ever imagine to anybody, that your mother gets taken away and your 4-year-old sister," Adam Mcleer said. "Now, all of a sudden, again, it's happening to our family, and it's really tearing us apart."
The corner of 92nd Street and Fort Hamilton Parkway was named in honor of Donna and Michele Blanchard. Jackson Mcleer says he looks at that street sign all the time.
"I would imagine what my grandma or my aunt would be like, and what it would be like to meet them," he said.
Jackson says people who saw his hit-and-run told him that the small four-door car was either dark blue or black.
Anyone with information on the case should contact the Crime Stoppers hotline at 1-800-577-TIPS, or text CRIMES and then enter TIP577, or visit www.nypdcrimestoppers.com.