Coon Rapids police are seeking a dark-colored Chevy pick-up truck with an extended cab after that struck a 9-year-old boy on a bicycle and fled the scene.
Officials say the crash took place in the intersection of 11th Avenue and Kumquat Street Northwest at 7 p.m.
The victim -- identified by police as Amir Khron Taylor, of Minneapolis -- was taken to North Memorial, where he is listed in critical but stable condition.
Taylor's mother, Ravesha Harris, spoke about her son's condition on Thursday afternoon, saying her son suffered a brain injury but was fortunate not to have broken any bones or suffered interior bleeding. He is being sedated so he can rest, but doctors say they are hopeful.
On Thursday, she and her family -- along with outraged members of the community, issued a plea to the driver to come forward.
"If the driver is listening, you know what you did," Harris said outside the hospital. "You are very aware you hit a human being. He is a human being and right now, my son is laying in a bed fighting for his life."
Family members tell FOX 9 News the boy lives in Uptown and was visiting his grandmother at the time of the crash, which was witnessed by the boy's uncle.
Taylor was headed toward Moor Park and was just half a block away from the family's home when the black pickup-truck hit him, stopped at a stop sign briefly and then took off.
Neighbors say everyone nearby tried desperately to help Taylor after the crash, but he was not responsive. He was not wearing a helmet at the time.
"What we know is: The witnesses told us the impact was loud -- the driver's-side mirror was actually detached and dangling," said Cmdr. Paul Sommer, of the Anoka County Sheriff's Office.
Police say they are still looking for a two-door, black or dark-colored Chevy pick-up truck made between 1993 and 1998 that bears the lettering "Z-71" and an extended cab with a short, glossy black box. The truck should have visible driver's-side damage and a dangling side mirror after the crash.
Anyone with information is asked to call the Anoka County Sheriff's Office at 763-421-1212.
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