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Mother reacts to son's involvement in hit and run

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Police are investigating two hit and runs involving bicyclists. 

One woman is in critical condition Monday after she rode her bike into a moving car near West First Street and East Wellington in Waterloo on Sunday.

Another hit and run involved a teenage boy who was hit near Thompson and Franklin in Waterloo on Saturday. Emergency crews were on scene just before 7 p.m.

Even though the victim, 14-year-old Austin Klingsmith, is going to be okay, his family is struggling to figure out why someone would hit him and drive off.

"I am mad at the car that hit my kid and left," said Loria Waskow, Austin's mother.

Austin's mother says the driver that hit her son could have taken her only son from her. On Saturday she received a phone call that would be any mother's biggest fear.

"My son's father called me and told me that our son was hit by a car and the car left the scene," said Waskow. 

Austin's mother is questioning why the driver fled.

"Accidents happen, I understand that, but leaving the scene when you hit somebody, especially a kid, it's uncalled for and my son could have died," said Waskow.

The worried mother is hopeful Austin can leave this accident behind him.

"I don't want my kid to feel that he has to stay inside while it's nice because he's scared that a car is going to hit him again," said Waskow.

Waskow and her family are hopeful the driver will come forward.

"i just want the person to turn himself in, just do the right thing," said Waskow. "I mean he could have killed my kid. If it was their kid they would want the person to do the right thing."

Wasko took her son Austin back to the doctor Monday afternoon after he started complaining of neck pains. Doctors say he has no broken bones and the pain could be from whiplash.

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