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Hit-and-Run Driver at Large, Victim Recovering

Astoundingly, the boy who was a victim of a brutal felony hit-and-run Wednesday suffers no permanent damage.

Warning, some photos in the slideshow are graphic.

Hunter Bogert, 16, was with his two friends Wednesday at the corner of Ola Vista and Rosa waiting for his girlfriend to get ready when a woman

Incredibly, though Bogert will be in a wheelchair for a week or so, he suffers no permanent damage.

But the suspect, who witnesses said ran the stop sign before she hit Bogert at about 1:30 p.m., is still at large.

As Bogert was being dragged between the two wheels of the gold SUV with Nevada plates, his friend Connor Covey got a good look at the driver's face as he pounded on the window screaming for her to stop.

Covey said the driver appeared to be a middle-aged Asian-looking woman with black, slightly frizzy hair that fell past her shoulders. She was wearing sunglasses with lenses that are dark on top and fade to transparent. The lines around her mouth and on her face made her appear as if she were a cigarette smoker, Covey said.

The Nevada plate bore an image of the city of Las Vegas.

Bogert said leading up to the crash, he was trying out Covey's new skateboard that the boy had received for his birthday. Bogert, Covey and Covey's girlfriend Eloise Steen were waiting for Bogert's girlfriend Shayla Nicks to finish showering after her shift at the.

Bogert said he attempted a power stop in the intersection, swiftly turning the board perpendicular to the line of travel in order to halt. But the wheels were new and slippery, causing him to fall on his rear. Bogert said he had not fully righted himself when the driver struck him.

The wheels left wide abrasions on his back and ground his pelvis into the roadbed, chipping part of the bone, but not breaking it. The accident left his arms and legs scraped up and chunks of the asphalt in his stomach.

Shauna Bogert, the victim's mother, said surgeons had to anesthetize him in order to remove the debris and sew him up with 13 stitches. He returned from Mission Hospital Thursday evening and is recuperating in his North Beach home.

Anyone with information regarding the whereabouts of the driver, call San Clemente Police Services at 949-361-8230.

Steve Smith August 31, 2012 at 05:44 AM
Funny...."Scott" and a "Piece of Sh!t" sure do look the same! My real name is Steve, and you can find me at www.skydiveelsinore.com most weekends. I am not the Asian hater, you are! Very convenient some punk who is too stupid to ride a skateboard blames a minority for their injuries. If you want more of my personal info, I will BE GLAD TO GIVE TO U IN PERSON U LITTLE TWERP!
Steve Smith August 31, 2012 at 05:47 AM
lol Dielon...u want my number or address just email deathtotheOC@acspcs.com
Adam Townsend August 31, 2012 at 01:48 PM
Please don't call me or any other commenter names. I accurately related this description as it was described to me and as the boy described it to police.
JDB August 31, 2012 at 05:12 PM
Bobby Dias, You are a real piece or work. She ran a stop sign, ran over a kid and kept going and you are defending her. It appears to me you need to be thinned from the herd.
Shauna Bogert January 10, 2014 at 12:58 PM
Hi Adam. I am Hunter's Mom and just want to update you. The driver has never been found. This is really a hardship on my family as Hunter continues to suffer from his injuries, both mentally and physically. He is in pain everyday and nauseous most of the time. At 18 years old now this has definitely changed his future. We are hopeful that he will graduate from High School, but even that is questionable as just getting through each day is difficult. I am shocked by the comments made here, especially the ignorance of some people and the heartlessness toward the real victim of this felony. This has CHANGED HIS LIFE!!! This woman needs to be found and if Bobby knows her he needs to encourage her to face up to what she did. Thank you to those who were supportive and to you, Adam, for your reporting.

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