LOWELL, Mass. —
The 12-year-old survivor of a Lowell hit-and-run in November spoke to NewsCenter 5 with is family Tuesday about their struggles and their next legal move.Kelvin Savanhmixay was struck and nearly killed, allegedly by a teenage driver who fled the scene on Nov. 18.Michelle P. Medeiros, 17, of Methuen, pleaded not guilty late last month to charges including leaving the scene of a personal injury crash and negligent operation. She was released on personal recognizance at her arraignment in Lowell District Court.This week, Savanhmixay returned to school and is eating out more, but life is far from normal.”I was in the crosswalk and I heard a car coming real fast, and I looked and I was knocked out in the air,” Savanhmixay said.
Savanhmixay was in a crosswalk near the intersection of Riverside Street and Mammoth Road in Lowell.”She should have just stopped,” Savanhmixay said. “She just drove off, went to a salon, sat there and acted like nothing happened, and then tried lying about it.”
“She should have just stopped. She just drove off, went to a salon, sat there and acted like nothing happened, and then tried lying about it.”
– Kelvin Savanhmixay
“I know she’s young — 17 — but what about him? He’s only 12. His life doesn’t mean nothing. When I’m in the hospital enduring trauma, she’s out enjoying the holidays.”
– Dao Savanhmixay
Savanhmixay was taken to Lowell General Hospital and then flown to Children’s Hospital in Boston with serious injuries.”He has internal bleeding in his head, and the surgeon, they said, they would have to open his head and stop it internally. (It’s) terrifying,” said Dao Savanhmixay, the victim’s mother.Part of the vehicle was removed from Savanhmixay’s leg, allowing police to match it to an Acura RSX that officers found already at an auto repair shop. Medeiros turned herself in to police days later.”A couple days later, she indicated her car was vandalized then changed her story but hasn’t been incarcerated,” family attorney Barry Feinstein said.”I know she’s young — 17 — but what about him? He’s only 12. His life doesn’t mean nothing,” Dao Savanhmixay said. “When I’m in the hospital enduring trauma, she’s out enjoying the holidays.”Medeiros has a Feb. 18 pre-trial conference on the criminal charges. Feinstein has filed a civil suit on behalf of the family, charging negligence.”I just want justice for him,” Dao Savanhmixay said.The family is also seeking to recoup some of the medical expenses that total $100,000 thus far. The civil case will not go before a judge for a year.