'Just thankful for everything': Teen grateful to be alive after Auburn hit-and-run


    15-year-old grateful to be alive after Auburn hit and run (PHOTO: Courtesy to KOMO)

    AUBURN, Wash. — Auburn police said a hit-and-run driver left a 15-year-old Auburn boy for dead Wednesday night.

    Investigators said the teen and his friend were walking on the 800 block of Auburn Way North when a car hit the boy and kept going.

    Isami Brandan’s family said anyone who can do that to a child is heartless and should be off the streets.

    The boy's family wants the driver caught.

    From his hospital bed, the 15-year-old struggled to send a video message of gratitude — grateful to be alive after a driver hit him and left him for dead.

    "Just thankful for everything, your support and prayers,” said Isami in the video.

    Investigators said there's no way the driver didn't know they hit someone.

    "I"m really just really happy he's alive,” Isami’s sister, Heian Brandan, said through tears. “I don't know why they ran. I just want to know why? Who does that? Who does that to a kid? Who does that to any human?

    Police said Isami was crossing Auburn Way North with his friend Daniel Meadogralo. The two boys had been walking from the grocery store to buy a gift for Daniel’s birthday.

    Investigators said a red sedan is seen on surveillance video speeding before plowing into Isami.

    Daniel wasn't hurt.

    Investigators said at first, the car hit the breaks, but then sped away.

    "All I seen was him getting hit and then just flying up in the air,” said Meadogralo. "For a second I thought it was an action movie that I saw, then reality set in and I thought he died."

    Isami was left with face fractures, a concussion and cuts on his spleen, hands and legs.

    His family is not taking his survival for granted.

    Police said the car will probably have damage on the windshield, the headlight or the front of it.

    If you know anything call Auburn Police at 253-288-7403.

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