Watch: 8-year-old Tacoma hit and run victim shows signs of improvement in hospital

Maurlly Valazquez-Gomez blows bubbles as part of his rehabilitation following neck surgery at Harborview Medical Center in Seattle. (Photo: Still image from video provided by family)

SEATTLE - An 8-year-old hit and run victim from Tacoma showed signs of improvement while recovering in the hospital Wednesday night.

Video shared with KOMO News from Maurlly Velasquez-Gomez' family showed him blowing bubbles as part of his rehabilitation exercises with a nurse at Harborview Medical Center in Seattle.

The young boy underwent emergency neck surgery. His leg is also broken in two places and he has internal injuries.

Maurlly was playing soccer at his home in the 1200 block of East 64th Street around 8 p.m. on Sunday when the ball went over the fence.

His family said Maurlly chased it across the street and was struck by a car.

The driver did not stop.

On Wednesday police released a photo of the car suspected in the hit and run.

They said the car is likely a dark-colored sedan with after-market rims.

Anyone with information is asked to call Tacoma Police.

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