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Teen recovering after being severely injured in hit-and-run crash in Detroit

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Posted at 9:50 AM, Oct 25, 2020
and last updated 2020-10-25 10:34:30-04

DETROIT, Mich. (WXYZ) — With cell phones rolling, 19-year-old Kalen Mitchell was riding his new dirt bike down the street when a car flew through the intersection and hit him. Mitchell's friends ran after the driver, as the car sped off.

“Kept going, yup," said his mother Takisha Mitchell. "Left my son laying on the ground, didn’t know he was alive, dead, or what."

The accident happened around 5:20 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 22 near the corner of Gietzen and Runyon.

Takisha heard what happened and rushed to the hospital, where the recent high school graduate known by friends as "Duke," was seriously hurt.

“He has a broken elbow, a broken leg, a broken pelvis, four to five broken ribs, a ruptured spleen, a collapsed lung,” Takisha said.

She hasn’t seen the whole video which shows the brutal impact, but she wants viewers to see the image of the car, which Detroit police say appears to be a Chevy Malibu.

“Whoever you are that hit Duke in that area, turn yourself in because you’re going to be caught eventually if not by the police, karma," Takisha said. "God has seen you hit my son and you kept going as if you hit a piece of paper with no regard to human life.”

Takisha says before speeding off, the driver did get out, but only to remove the bike then kept going.

“For you to get out and remove the dirt bike from your car, you have no conscience,” Takisha said.

Duke has a long road ahead to recovery, but the Mitchell family says support from his friends has gone a long way. She's hoping his recovery, and an arrest come soon.

“He’s getting so much love its ridiculous," Takisha said. "I did not know this many people loved my son.”