Video shows moments before boy seriously hurt in hit-and-run near UCF

Cody Loechner, 13, suffers injuries to arms, legs, head; white car sought

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ORLANDO, Fla. – The Florida Highway Patrol on Wednesday released two videos in connection with a hit-and run near the University of Central Florida that left a 13-year-old boy seriously injured.

The crash happened Saturday on Alafaya Trail at Science Drive.

The FHP said Cody Loechner was riding his bike when he was struck. Troopers visited Cody on Wednesday at Arnold Palmer Hospital and said he was awake but remains in serious condition with injuries to his arms, legs and head.

Troopers said the first video shows three boys crossing Alafaya Trail within a crosswalk but against the traffic light.

"You will not see the suspect vehicle in this clip as the camera is directly above where the crash occurred," the FHP said in an email.

The second video shows the suspected vehicle, a white car that passes other vehicles in the far-right lane while the brakes are being applied, according to the FHP.

Troopers said the car likely has a damaged windshield.

Cody's mother talked to News 6 after the crash.

“They hit my son on the front side of that vehicle,” Cody’s mother, Tami Loechner, said. “He flew up the windshield and over the top of the vehicle.”

On Wednesday, she said Cody was still fighting his hardest and is progressing very slowly, but the family is still preparing for the long road to recovery that lies ahead. She said it hurts her to see her son in pain.

"A 13-year-old innocent life laying there on the line, suffering, hurting, screaming out in pain all hours of the night," she said.

Although she said nothing could ever justify the pain her son is suffering, she has questions for the driver.

"How do you feel about yourself? How could you just hit an individual, drive off like it was nothing, and lay down and sleep peacefully at night and live with yourself? How?" she asked.

Cody's father is still waiting for the driver to turn themselves in.

“Accept your actions,” Cody’s father, Edwin Loechner, said to the unknown driver. “Be a man or a woman and come forward.”

The FHP said Crimeline has received tips about the crash, but all those vehicles have been ruled out. Troopers said they're still working to identify the driver and are urging anyone who knows what happened to contact authorities.

"Law enforcement works hard, but we need the public's help. Somebody out there knows who did this. Call Crimeline, remain anonymous, give this family these answers. Do the right thing," Lt. Kim Montes said. "With the public's help, we will solve this case."

Cody Loechner.

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