7-year-old boy struck in hit-and-run speaks out

A 7-year-old boy was left on the side of a busy street fighting for his life after being hit by a truck in mid-September. The boy is now healthy and ready to tell his story.

Hattiesburg Police are still searching for the man who left him there to die. Jordan Gilmore speaks up about what happened to him.

He says he'd say one thing to the man who hit him.

"Why would you hit me?" Jordan says. "That's it."

On September 15, Gilmore was crossing a busy intersection on Old Airport Road and N Washington Road on his bike to get to a playhouse with friends when he was struck by a large truck that sent him flying down the street. The man who hit him kept driving.

Tamara Perry was first on the scene.

"When I heard the noise, I ran outside and he was on the ground he was just laying in a pool of blood," she said.

"I was talking to him and keeping him alert."

His uncle says Gilmore received head trauma and regained his speech slowly. He was transported to Jackson with life threatening injuries.

"His progress has astounded the doctors," his uncle, Howard Gilmore, said.

"He's much further along than what they expected him to have been. Words can't describe how we feel knowing someone would do that to a 7-year-old."

His other uncle says there's only one thing that pulled Jordan through when he was in intensive care.

"Prayer," Thomas Gilmore said.

"The healing hand of God. If God hadn't stepped in and did His work, he wouldn't be sitting here today."

Jordan says the hardest part of being injured is using his legs.

"Every time I get in the bed, it's gonna hurt."

Jordan is getting around in his wheelchair. He will have rods in his legs until doctors say otherwise. Lt. Traxler, HPD, says police remain vigilant in their efforts to find who hit Jordan.

"We are still searching for the suspect," Traxler said.

"Every day, we get a different lead in or something will come in that will lead us somewhere and we'll follow up on those leads, but of course, we're still asking the public for help."

If you have information on the whereabouts of the suspect who committed the hit and run, call Crime Stoppers at 582-STOP, or HPD at 601-544-7900.