Truck sought in Rio Linda hit-and-run injuring teens

12:17 AM, Feb 23, 2013   |    comments
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RIO LINDA, CA - A dark-colored, large Ford truck missing a right front-side mirror and likely with right front-side damage is being sought in the hit and run of two teenage boys on Dry Creek Road Thursday evening.

Andrew Whitten and Malcolm Bandy, both 17, were riding a skateboard and walking a bike southbound on Dry Creek Road just north of Elkhorn Boulevard at 10:22 Thursday night when a pickup truck headed northbound drifted into the bike lane and sideswiped them.

"Malcolm was knocked unconscious and Andrew was thrown some feet. And the car sped off," Andrew's mother Amy Whitten-Hurlburt said.

Both boys suffered broken jaws. Andrew has a lacerated liver and kidney and deep cuts to his face that will likely require plastic surgery. Malcolm suffered a concussion, cuts and road rash.

There are no solid leads or witnesses. The boys were able to describe the vehicle as a dark-colored Ford pickup. California Highway Patrol said the truck could have damage to its right headlight, grill and hood.

Both boys are in marching band. Malcolm is a talented musician at Rio Linda High School who wants to become a music teacher. Andrew attends Keema High School and may make a career out of his love of animals.

All three parents said they cannot believe someone could have hit the boys, then left them beside the road.

"We can't believe somebody did that to our sons. And just not care. They hit two boys and drove away?" Malcolm's mother Kim Alexander said. "Hopefully, someone will know who this was and help us."

Anyone who can help with information about the truck was urged to call the CHP's North Sacramento office at (916) 338-6710.


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