Shavawn Hurst wants to know why someone hit her teenage son with his car and left him bleeding in the snow on Kensington Avenue over the weekend.
She said her son, Joseph Daniels, 16, of Halbert Street, suffered painful injuries to his face and his right shoulder when the hit-and-run vehicle struck him on Kensington near Castle Street early Saturday morning.
“They could have killed him. How could they leave him there like that?” said Hurst, who had spent more than 30 hours at her son’s side before she spoke to a Buffalo News reporter by cellphone at Women & Children’s Hospital on Sunday. “My son is only 5 feet tall and weighs 83 pounds. He already had some serious health problems before this happened. He’s going to need surgery on his shoulder, and he’s in a lot of pain.”
Hurst said her son, a student at Bennett High School, had been out with friends and was on his way home when the car struck him as he crossed Kensington near the city’s Dewey Avenue playground, about three blocks from the family’s home. The accident occurred shortly after midnight.
She said her daughter, Moné Hurst, 22, was alarmed when she tried to call Joseph on his cellphone – to see if he was on his way home – and he didn’t answer.
“I went outside to look around the neighborhood for him, and I saw flashing lights from an ambulance on Kensington. I ran over there, and they already had him in the back of an ambulance,” Moné Hurst said.
Joseph was hit so hard by the car that it knocked one of his shoes off, Shavawn Hurst said.
“He doesn’t even remember being hit by a car. He just remembers waking up in the hospital with blood in his mouth,” she said.
Buffalo Police spokesman Michael J. DeGeorge said a male driver who hit Joseph and left the scene turned himself in shortly afterward at the Northeast District Police Station on Bailey Avenue, where police issued him a summons for leaving the scene of an injury accident. DeGeorge identified the driver only as Warren Jones, 42.
DeGeorge said he was trying to obtain a police report on the accident so he could release further information.
Shavawn Hurst said, “I’ve been trying to find out who it was. I called the police station, and they gave me three different numbers to call, but nobody would tell me who it was.”
Hurst said she and her family are very upset by the incident.
“My son’s friends said the car came out of nowhere, moving very fast, hit him and just took off,” she said. “I can’t believe someone could just leave him laying there like that. … I want to know what happened.”