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Family of young hit-run victim seeks justice

By Dwayne Parker, Reporter, DParker@wfmz.com
Published On: Nov 23 2012 06:00:00 PM CST
Updated On: Nov 23 2012 10:54:35 PM CST

It was a bittersweet Thanksgiving for one family in Reading, still waiting for justice.

READING, Pa. -

It was a bittersweet Thanksgiving for one family in Reading, still waiting for justice.

Back in June, four-year-old Jacob Ortiz was run over by a car near his home in the 700 of Gordon Street.

"Very, very hurtful, just to see your loved one laying there," said Victor Manuel Ocasio, Jacob's uncle. "Especially when it's a little kid."

Family members say Jacob suffered a long list of injuries including a broken neck.

"We were taking it pretty bad," said Ocasio, who explained how the family endured the tragedy. "Through our prayers and trust, and just believing in God."

Recovery was slow at first. But shortly after, little Jacob was getting around, on his own, in a wheelchair.

After two months of painful therapy, he was released from Children's Hospital of Philadelphia.

Recently, Jacob he celebrated his fifth birthday.

When Thanksgiving came around, loved ones said they were overwhelmed with joy. Jacob is now walking, and family members said he was dancing in church on Thanksgiving night.

But loved ones also stressed that their search for justice continues.

"If he didn't stop for this kid, he was only four years old," said Ocasio. "It could have been a homicide."

Police say the man who ran over Jacob was driving a silver Chevy Impala.

If you have any information, you can call Crime Alert anonymously. The number is 877-373-9913.

A cash reward is available for information that leads to an arrest.