LOS ANGELES (CBSLA.com) — Skylar Streeter missed his high school graduation, but it wasn’t because of bad grades.
Streeter, 18, has been at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles since May.
He’s there learning how to walk and talk again. He wears special glasses to combat recurring double vision.
Streeter was seriously hurt and left for dead on May 21 when he was run down by a hit-and-run driver.
He spoke to CBS2’s Brittney Hopper Friday night about the hit and his ordeal.
“Last thing I remember I was with my friend Daisy, and we were skateboarding, and I don’t remember the rest,” he says.
Streeter, once a 4.0 student at Marshall High, was in a coma for weeks, fighting for his life.
Security video of the accident shows Streeter getting hit by a car that never stopped.
Two months in the hospital with no release date in sight, Streeter says he misses a lot of things he used to take for granted.
“Graduation parties and stuff. And the movies. There’s a lot of movies that have come out that I haven’t seen,” he said.
His best friend and mother are by his side almost every day. His room is decorated with pictures and posters, he’s trying to make the hospital as home-like as possible.
Streeter was hit near his home while crossing the street on Fletcher Drive between Larga Avenue and Atwater Avenue, two blocks from his Atwater Village house.
The car is described as a white BMW convertible. It’s still being actively pursued.
“He was suppose to go to the Marines in September. Now I’m looking at him like ‘Wow, you just came out of a coma. You can’t walk.’ So you can imagine the pain,” said his mother Valerie Skeeter.
After the Marines, Streeter told Hopper, he had hopes of becoming a police officer.
Doctors say they’re hoping he’ll walk again in a year.
In the meantime, the hopeful teen has a message to the person responsible for his life-changing injuries.
“Please come forward,” he sighs. “Please.”
Streeter’s family has set up a GoFundMe account to help defray medical costs. For more information about the account, click here.