By Nawaal Jalill, WVUA 23 Student Reporter

TUSCALOOSA – Police are searching for a suspect and her vehicle after a 6-year-old boy was hit boarding a school bus in Tuscaloosa.

A car hit 6-year-old Ricky Prewitt Junior on the 4700 block of 1st Street East in Tuscaloosa around 7:40 a.m. Wednesday.

Family friend, Tiameria Rice described the vehicle and what happened. “Little black Honda,” Rice explained. “The female that was in it, she hit him. She actually hit him. She didn’t even bother to stop. She slowed down like she was about to stop but she just kept going”.

According to Capt. Brad Mason with the Tuscaloosa Police Department, the bus was at a fall stop with its signs and signals engaged. As Ricky tried to board the bus the black Honda swerved around it and hit him.

His father, Ricky Prewitt, was horrified. “Next thing you know the person didn’t even stop to see if he was okay or whatever,” Prewitt said. “The person just kept going”.

Rice most likely saved the boy’s life. “I snatched him up,” she said. “If I would never have snatched him up, she would have just hit his whole body”.

Prewitt was not at home when his son was hit. “I was at work,” he said. “And i got a phone call saying that he had been hit and i left from work and flew to the hospital to see if he was okay”.

After a brief stay at the hospital, Ricky Prewitt, Jr. is resting at home. Meanwhile, police are searching for the black Honda and the woman driving it.

If you have any information that can aid investigators, call Tuscaloosa Police at (205) 349 2121.

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