Family of 14-year-old wants justice for hit-and-run driver who struck child

CREATED May 22, 2013

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MILWAUKEE - A mother is pleading for help to find the driver who hit her son, then took off.

TODAY'S TMJ4's Nick Montes talked exclusively with the mom and her 14-year-old son, Nathan Pacala, who is slowly recovering.

It's been two months since a car struck Nathan at the corner of South Muskego and West Mitchell Streets.

The driver took off, and it's been a long journey for him.  He doesn't remember being hit by a car, but walking casts on both his legs are daily reminders that his life has changed.

"Just emotionally, physically, just overwhelming," said Carla Pacala.

She's staying strong despite the difficult time.

Nathan has earned a bravery award during his long stay at Children's Hospital.

"He's missing his friends, his classmates.  It's hard."

Police believe a dark-colored vehicle, possibly a Pontiac Grand Prix, raced through the intersection and hit Nathan in early April.

The driver is still out there.

"My son has tons of questions like why it happened, why did it happen to him, why did the car hit him...questions I can't answer," said Carla.

Instead, she focuses him on walking, something he's afraid to do.

She also hopes the driver comes forward.

"We need closure.  We need closure for me and him."

Police ask you to call them if you have any information.