Family, friends raise funds for hit-and-run victim

David Silva with his sister, Sierra.

David Silva, 17, who was nearly killed when a hit-and-run driver struck him while he was riding his bicycle in Philadelphia's Tacony section more than a year ago, continues to make slow progress in his recovery from severe brain damage, and his friends and family continue to raise funds to make that recovery possible.

Still hopeful that the police will find the driver of the car involved in the incident, Silva's supporters right now are raising funds to buy a handicap-accessible van to transport Silva to his medical appointments. Two websites have been set up for that purpose, here and here.

Silva was a freshman at Abraham Lincoln High School on April 3, 2012, when he was riding his bicycle on Tyson Avenue near Ditman Street around 10:15 p.m. Silva, who was not wearing a helmet, was struck by a small, dark, four-dour sedan, perhaps an older and beat up car. He suffered traumatic brain injuries and has been unable to walk or breathe on his own and can't talk. Inquirer reporter Maddie Hanna wrote about his plight in November.

His family believes he was targeted specifically after a fight with another teenager, though police have said it appears to have been an accident based on the accounts of two girls who were the only witnesses.

The Citizens' Crime Commission of Delaware Valley recently offered a $1,000 reward for any information leading to an arrest and conviction in the case. Tips can be called in to the Crime Commission's anonymous tip line, 215-546-8477 (TIPS), or the police department's website.