Father of Boy in City Heights Crash Thanks Good Samaritans

After a car hit teen Yusuf Mohemad as he walked along a sidewalk, bystanders rushed in to save him

The father of a 13-year-old boy whose leg was crushed by a Volvo last week said his son will walk again.

In an exclusive interview Tuesday, Ahmed Mohemad told NBC 7 he owes everything to the good Samaritans who jumped into action and lifted the car off his son Yusuf after the Aug. 7 crash in City Heights. 

“They [did] a good thing for me. I was away. My child was laying on the ground bleeding. So he’s like their children. He’s like their child,” Mohemad said with tears in his eyes.

San Diego Police say a hit-and-run driver rear-ended a woman’s car at 49th Street and University Avenue last Friday, causing her to lose control and hit two pedestrians.

The pedestrians were Mohemad’s son and his son’s friend, who suffered a minor head injury. The boys were returning from Friday prayer at a nearby mosque when they were hit.

“I asked [my wife] what happened and she was screaming. I expected the worse,” said Mohemad. “The car hit my son in which way? Is he dead? Is he alive? Did he lose his legs?”

Mohemad arrived to the scene, but his son had been transported to Rady Children’s Hospital. Later he learned several men nearby had raised the car enough to pull Yusuf out. He was told one of the men took the shirt off his back to wrap over his boy’s injured leg.

“I say, thank you so much,” said Mohamed.

The car broke the teen’s femur in three places. Doctors told Mohamed his son should be on his feet in a few months and possibly fully recovered in about a year.

According to police, there is no new information on the hit-and-run driver.

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