16-year-old injured in Wildwood hit-and-run

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WILDWOOD – Police are searching for the driver of the vehicle that struck a 16-year-old boy around 3 a.m. on Saturday, July 5 on Rio Grande Avenue, then left the victim in the street.

Now, the family of Cody Bregande of Glen Mills, Pa. is hoping someone will come forward with information about the vehicle, or confess.

“It’s unreal,” Nina Bregande, the 25-year-old sister of Cody said Monday morning. “It’s hard to wrap your head around, you hit something, your mirror comes off, and you don’t even stop.”

Nina Bregande said her brother was in Wildwood for the Fourth of July weekend with some friends. When he crossed Park Boulevard and Rio Grande Avenue on his skateboard, a dark-colored grey or silver sedan struck Cody Bregande, knocking off one of the vehicle’s side mirrors, police said.

The driver then fled the scene, although several other cars in the area at that time stopped, Nina Bregande said.

Cody Bregande suffered serious head trauma and was airlifted to Atlantic City Medical Center. Then, he was transferred to Cooper University Hospital in Camden. On Monday, Nina Bregande said that her brother had again been transferred to Children’s Hospital of Pennsylvania.

As of Monday morning, he had been moved from the intensive care unit and was recovering.

“I just hope someone can start putting the pieces together,” Nina Bregande said.

Anyone with information is urged to call Wildwood Police at 609-522-0222 or email Detective John Elwell at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

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