Teen seriously hurt in hit-and-run crash

Mark Vargas, 16, crash victim

REDDING, Calif. - A teenager skateboarding in downtown was seriously hurt when he was hit by a car that later fled the scene.

The victim has been identified by family as 16-year-old Mark Vargas.

According to Redding police, Vargas was skateboarding east on Gold Street near the intersection of Court Street when he was hit by a sedan traveling north on Court.

The driver of the sedan fled the scene and has not been located or identified.

Vargas suffered major injuries and was transported to Mercy Medical Center.

"The amount of his injuries I believe he was hit full force without the blink of an eye," said Vargas' mother, Jennifer Jackson.

Jackson said he suffered a seizure and major injuries from the hit, and needed to be sedated due to the extreme pain.

"He ended up having a compound fracture on the right leg and the bone was sticking out of the bottom part of his leg, a break on the other leg in the femur, both in the femur. Later I found out he had a pelvic fracture and a couple broken ribs and a shoulder injury," said Jackson.

Tammie Pendleton works down the street from where the accident happened at Golden Living Centers. She said the area sees a lot of traffic, and at night it's sometimes difficult to see pedestrians.

"It happened out in area that is the darkest part of the intersection," said Pendleton. "Knowing that somebody was hit out here, it did not shock me at all."

Jackson is hoping to find the person who is responsible.

"Whoever did this please come forward, give your side of the story, this is my only son. I have five children and four girls. This is my only son," said Jackson.

According to police, witnesses described the suspect vehicle as a dark-colored sedan similar to a newer model Chevy Impala with front-end damage.

Anyone with any information about the driver of the sedan is asked to contact the Redding Police Department.

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