12-year-old injured in hit and run keeps a positive attitude

CREATED Aug 25, 2014

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MILWAUKEE -- A 12-year-old boy is recovering after being struck by a hit and run driver.

Dennis Taylor spent a week at Children's Hospital. He has a bruised liver, fractured pelvis, and broken arm. He also suffered a concussion, and has lots of scrapes and bruises.
 
Dennis was riding his bike near 47th and Fiebrantz Avenue, when a Jeep Cherokee hit him from behind. It happened around 4:45 p.m. on Monday August 18th.
 
The men in that Jeep ran from the scene, because they had stolen the car.
 
Milwaukee Police are looking for those men, but have very little evidence to work with.
 
"They didn't even look my way or make sure I was okay," Dennis says. "They just ran away and left me there. It makes me sad, but you have to just keep pushing through it."
 
Taylor's Grandmother, Angela Moragne, rushed to the scene and found Dennis bleeding on the ground.
 
"I can't believe people would just leave a little boy like that," she says. "That was absolute negligence. They didn't care. They ran. Now they need to get caught. Something needs to be done. Dennis could have died."
 
Dennis is holding out hope that maybe the men who did this to him, will do the right thing.
 
"For the guys that did this to me, please just turn yourself in," he pleads. "I don't even want you to go to jail. I think you should do community service in a hospital with kids who get injured, like me. So you know what they're going through."
 
Dennis will have to miss the first month or two of school, while he recovers, and he may still need surgery.
 
If anyone knows anything about the men in that stolen Jeep, you're urged to call police.