Boy, 9, receives new bike and helmet from anonymous man after July hit-and-run crash

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Photo courtesy of Columbus Police Department

Photo courtesy of Columbus Police Department

COLUMBUS, Ind. (July 27, 2015)—A 9-year-old boy, who was injured in a hit-and-run crash earlier this month, received a new bicycle and helmet thanks to an anonymous donor.

Officials with the Columbus Police Department said a Fortville man, who wanted to remain anonymous, donated $1,000 to the Fraternal Order of Police Earl L. Brown Memorial Lodge with specific instructions to purchase the boy a new bike and helmet. The donor expressed he wanted the remaining funds to help others in 9-year-old Darrion Hess’ name.

Hess broke his left leg and fractured his right knee following the crash on July 7 in the 2800 block of Scotland Drive. The boy told FOX59 he was on his way to his friend’s house.

The boy was given his new bike Monday.

“While Darrion was excited to receive a new bicycle, he was even more excited that a donation made in his name would help other children” said Sgt. Matt Harris, public relations officer for the Columbus Police Department.

The crash remains under investigation. Police continue to look for a dark-colored SUV, possibly a Chevy Blazer, that left the area after the accident. Anyone with information is urged to call Columbus police at (812) 376-2600

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