Family of Harlingen hit-and-run victim speaks out

It was supposed to be just a short walk to a friend TMs house to watch a movie, but the walk nearly turned deadly for one Harlingen teen.

Harlingen Police said 13-year-old Oscar Resendez Jr. was struck by a vehicle at the intersection of Morgan Boulevard and Chaparral Road.

The driver, however, did not stop to help the boy. Resendez laid on the street fighting for his life.

His father, Oscar Resendez, said he can TMt believe the driver did not stop to render aid.

Luckily for the teen, passersby stopped and called for help.

"What if no one would've found him? Resendez said. What if he had kept bleeding internally? Maybe he wouldn't have been here today."

Resendez said his son is a member of the Memorial Middle School football team and is a strong young man and is thankful the hit-and-run didn TMt turn deadly.

"It was wrong - I mean they just left him there to die, Resendez said. I mean this is a child. This is someone's child - this is my child. It could've ended so much worse."

Police said they are looking for a white truck in connection to this accident.

The teen's family said they understand accidents happen sometimes, but police said the crime occurred when the driver fled the scene instead of helping Oscar Resendez Jr.

"Who ever hit him just walked away not looking back, the teen TMs aunt said. What we hear is that he was in a lot of pain - he was screaming and yelling. Thank God for whoever found him."

The teen TMs injuries were so severe that his spleen and part of his liver had to be removed. His kidneys and lungs were damaged and he required several blood transfusions.

Resendez said his son will be left with a scar from his chest to his stomach, and his life might never be the same. However, in order to move on from this near tragedy, the family wants justice.

"He's very uncomfortable and in a lot of pain, and they are running all kinds of tests on him, Resendez said. So all we can do is try to comfort him as much as possible."

If you have any information on this hit-and-run, you can call Harlingen Police Crime Stoppers at 956-216-5402.