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Thursday, Apr 25 2013 11:14 AM

Mother of injured boy furious that driver left the scene

BY JASON KOTOWSKI Californian staff writer jkotowski@bakersfield.com

Betty Garrett doesn't know how the driver who struck her son and another East High student in a hit-and-run earlier this week can sleep at night.

She hopes the driver is found soon.

"I just want to see what monster can do that," Garrett said Thursday morning.

She said her son, Schidee Carries, doesn't remember anything from being hit by the car as he was running on College Avenue near Los Robles Drive Monday afternoon with other members of the school's track team. The first thing he remembered was lying on the ground and wondering what had just happened.

Carries, 16, is out of the hospital, Garrett said. He suffered numerous scratches, an injured elbow and he's been having headaches.

"The concrete scratched him all up," Garrett said.

California Highway Patrol Officer Robert Rodriguez said the other student, Ruben Tellez, 16, suffered major head trauma. A friend of the family said Tellez's parents are declining comment.

East High Principal Lee Vasquez has said the boys -- both of whom are long-distance runners -- were hit by a car that swerved toward them from behind and then drove off. Other track team members comforted the injured boys until emergency responders arrived.

Vasquez said the boys run by the side of area roads because the school's track is used by other groups this time of year and it's not an optimal place for long-distance runners to practice. The principal said counselors have been made available to the runners who witnessed the incident and friends of the boys.

Ted Armijo, the school's athletic director, has said the track team has been running on area streets for decades and nothing like this has ever happened before. He said the track team is close-knit and is very shaken by what happened.

Rodriguez said the suspect vehicle was described as a gold or beige 1990s Nissan Altima, and it sustained front damage and windshield damage. He said witnesses described the driver as a Hispanic man in his early 20s.

Anyone with information about the vehicle or driver is asked to call the California Highway Patrol at 864-4444.

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