by Carleen Frost
Visal Um survived a hit-and-run accident and has started school.Picture: NICK ANDREAN
VISAL Um was all set to start high school with his friends on January 28.
Like most nervous year 7 students, the 12-year-old had his books packed and his uniform ready weeks in advance.
Sadly, Visal spent what should have been his first day at Cabramatta High School in hospital after being hit by a car on Australia Day.
The Cabramatta resident was dragged 20m behind a car after being knocked off his bicycle in a hit and run at Sackville St, Canley Vale.
After two weeks in the intensive care unit at Westmead Children’s Hospital and still covered in cuts and bruises, the brave youngster was finally able to start classes at Cabramatta High School on Monday.
“I’m not sore but am still feeling tired,” he said.
Visal and his family have only been in the country for two months, after immigrating from Cambodia before Christmas.
The youngest of three brothers, Visal said he never wanted to ride a bicycle again.
He doesn’t remember the accident, but he knows it left his bicycle and helmet completely crushed.
“My parents have been helping me a lot,” he said.
“They help me go up and down stairs, they bring me to school and carry my bag for me.”
Police are still looking for the motorist involved in the incident on January 26.
Witnesses have described the car involved as a black Toyota Hilux ute.
Anyone with information is urged to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.