7-year-old boy struck by hit-and-run driver released from hospital

HOLLYWOOD, FLA. (WSVN) - A 7-year-old boy who was struck in a hit-and-run has been released from the hospital just in time for the holiday.

Sitting in a wheelchair, yet surrounded by family and balloons, 7-year-old Jayden McFarlane is now on the road to recovery.

His family is grateful that he is home for the holiday. “Who knows if I would’ve had another Thanksgiving with him?” said Felissa McFarlane, Jayden’s mother, “so I’m thankful that he’s here, and I’m happy he gets to go home and love on him some more.”

McFarlane was riding his bike near his home on Tropicana Street in Miramar when he was struck by a van on Sunday. Police said the driver took off, leaving McFarlane in the street.

“[I’m] frustrated because you hit my child and left him there like garbage,” the boy’s mother said.

McFarlane was bedridden for days with a brace around his neck and a broken collarbone.

“I was feeling kind of sad because I had nobody to play with,” McFarlane said.

Although McFarlane’s family is happy to have him home, they still demand justice for the young boy. “Thank God my son is OK, but he has pains, nightmares, he’s still a little dizzy, he hurts,” said McFarlane’s mother.

Miramar police said the owner of the van has come forward. However, it is not clear who exactly was behind the wheel.

The investigation is still ongoing. However, McFarlane’s mother said she won’t be satisfied until the driver is punished. “Probation, go to jail, community service here at the hospital helping somebody that’s injured,” she said. “You need to realize what you’ve done so this doesn’t happen again.

The McFarlanes also thanked the hospital staff for the care they provided during Jayden’s stay.

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