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Video shows moments before taxi van hits Upper Fells Point boy

Posted at 5:07 PM, Sep 05, 2018

A week after his 11th birthday and a day after what was supposed to be his first day at a new school, Christopher Bautista is still in the hospital. 

His mother, Patricia, sees him in the Mt. Washington Pediatric Hospital as often as she can. 

"He's frustrated. He has trauma to the head. On June 12th, he had one fractured liver, two swollen lungs, bleeding, now he has a trach. He's come a long way. I mean we almost lost him," she said. 

Patricia said she'd be by his side more, but she just had a baby, Christopher's little sister, a few weeks ago. 

A week before his elementary school graduation, Christopher hopped on a skateboard and darted down an alleyway. 

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A yellow van then smacked into him on Bank Street and took off. 

Video from a neighbor's security camera spotted the van the day of the crash, and then moments later, a person can be heard screaming for someone to call 911. 

"Every time I walk down to the scene where it happened, I don't want to talk down there anymore. I really don't even want to get in a yellow cab anymore," Patricia said. 

In the months since, Baltimore Police have asked anyone with information to come forward, but at this point there have been no tips and no leads. 

it was a sinking feeling for Patricia. 

"I'm getting through it, but it's hard. He's not here," she said, looking off to a picture of her boy. 

But she says she's not giving up hope for justice and is looking forward to the day Christopher comes home. 

"There's no more skateboards coming here or bikes. So, the only thing he can do when he comes home is his Xbox One," Patricia said. 

She said she and her husband have taken trach classes to help monitor Chris' breathing and when they complete those classes, he should be home in the next two months.