Spanaway mom outraged that driver who hit her 12-year-old just asked if he was OK and then left

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SPANAWAY — Police are seeking the driver of a car that hit a 12-year-old on his bicycle and then drove off when the boy said he was OK.

“It came out of nowhere, I don’t even know where it was,” Westley Hackler said Thursday of the vehicle that hit him.

“I flew off the bike and I hit head-first on the ground and then I just laid there, like, whoa,” he said.

He was hit by a car while crossing at the corner of 21st and 172nd in his Spanaway neighborhood.

“He gets out of the car and he’s like, ‘Are you OK?’  I said, yeah. I’m still in shock, I don’t really know if I’m OK, I just said that.”


But Westley’s mom, Aja Hackler, said her son was not OK. And she’s shocked that the driver left the scene.

Westley’s mom says took him to an urgent care clinic, where she found out he’d suffered a bruised tailbone and a sprained ankle.

“To leave an injured child with his broken bike to make his way home by himself, that’s amazing,” she said.

When she called 911 to file a report, she said she was surprised by their response.

“There was no crime that they said had taken place because the man had stopped and I was like, you’re telling me that he can just hit a kid on a bike and stop and say, hey, are you OK and that’s all he has to do? And he’s like, ‘Well, that’s what the law says,'” she said.

Mike Blair, of the Pierce County Sheriff’s Office, said the communication center operator got it wrong.

In fact, the case will now be handled as a hit-and-run investigation.

Westley said he remembers it was as two-door red car. Anyone with information is asked to contact police.









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  • Richard Davidson

    The Deputy talked to the family and said words to the eftect of ” There is nothing I can do as the child told the guy he was ok it’s a loop hole” Last time I checked A deputy is not dispatch.

  • Someone

    #1 Teach your children and learn yourselves to look both ways before crossing a street. If there is a vehicle coming and will have to stop fast, then let it pass by. If not the proceed across the street still looking both ways to notice any new vehicles coming. It’s called taking personal responsibility. #2 This woman looks so obnoxious.

    • Angela

      You are the obnoxious one! Bikes have the right of way moron! Grow up! This is a kid who was injured and some jackass took off! Whether the kid was ok or not any intelligent or decent person would want that on record or at the very least help the kid call a parent!

  • Jed Dombrowskius

    In southern California, the majority of car / pedestrian accidents result in the driver fleeing. Down there it’s normally because the driver is an illegal mexican, and this will start happening more and more up here as their numbers continue to grow exponentially

  • Sheldona Foutch

    You people are crazy this is a minor child and it is his mothers responsibility to protect him and to attack her looks or insinuate the boy didnt look both ways is typical of this JUDGEMENTAL HYPOCRITICAL SOCIETY!And yes SHE LOOKS CRAZY CAUSE SOMEONE HIT HER SON AND DROVE AWAY AFTER ASKING A 12 YR OLD BOYS JUDGEMENT LOL LET ALONE ONE WHO HAS JUST BEEN HIT BY A CAR!! IDIOTS!! STAND UNITED ON CRIMES AGAINST OUR CHILDREN OUR FUTURE

  • Cady

    Wow. I guess we will see how you guys feel if your child ever gets hit by a car (or in any other accident) and the adult leaves. If someone hits your car and asks “Hey, are you okay?”, does that mean that they do not need to stop to give you any of their information, I dont think so. Most people would flip out if someone damaged their car and left, why is it different for a child? Regardless of who’s fault it is, a decent human being should stay until the child can at least get in contact with someone and picked up. Accidents happen but when you leave it just makes you more guilty than before. And yes the kid was wearing a helmet.

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