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14-year-old boy remains at hospital after Wake Forest hit-and-run

Posted July 29
Updated July 30

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— Officials said a child was involved in a hit-and-run on Burlington Mills Road and Danforeshire Way Friday around 9 p.m. in Wake Forest.

The portion of Burlington Mills Road from Danforeshire Way to Night Heron Drive was closed due to the accident, authorities said.

Troopers said the victim was a 14-year-old boy named Andrew Nacional who suffered a broken facial bone and a broken leg. A witness said the vehicle that hit the boy was a dark SUV. The witness also said Nacional was in the roadway when he was struck.

"Unfortunately there was no damage left," said Lt. Jeff Gordon with the North Carolina Highway Patrol. "No type of debris or even registration plate that was obtained. All we have is a large black SUV that was traveling on Burlington Mills Road when the accident occured."

Gordon told WRAL News that Nacional suffered several broken bones due to the accident.

"He was in the middle of the road, and he was kind of crouched down in what was described as doing a 'crab walk,' Gordon said. "Teenagers do some things that kind of make you scratch your head, but unfortunately he was in the middle of the road."

Gordon said no charges have been filed yet but they would eventually like to track down and talk to the person responsible.

"It could've been that the individual that struck the child may have thought they struck a dog, a deer, or what have you, because it was dark," Gordon said. "The child was low to the ground. Most people stop once they strike something."

No additional information has been released. An investigation is ongoing, officials said.


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  • Linda Donoghue Aug 7, 10:24 a.m.
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    Having a child with Autism is stressful enough, when they slip out, it is terrifying. Everyone in the neighborhood watches out for the children, the SUV driver should step forward. Something needs to be done in this area to protect the children.

  • Sheila Rohrbach Aug 5, 3:04 p.m.
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    I think WRAL missed putting all the information our there for people to know. This was not just a teenager that was out wandering...

  • Kelly Birdsall Jul 31, 8:09 a.m.
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    If he was crouched in the road there is no telling what the person who hit him thought they hit. The bigger question is why was he in the road after dark? This is why kids shouldn't be help to the same standards as adults! Their brain just aren't developed fully at this age so they do things most adults would know better than to do.

  • Ron Coleman Jul 30, 10:18 p.m.
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    I can't for the life of me understand how someone could be so cold hearted to hit a child or anyone for that matter and just keep going. They need to be under the jail not in it.

  • Mary Meadows Jul 29, 10:40 p.m.
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    This article should say FRIDAY night. I was just alerted by the town not long ago that the road is closed due to the accident.