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Warren County teen critically injured in hit-and-run

Posted May 21, 2012

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— A Warren County teenager was in critical condition Monday after a hit-and-run over the weekend, authorities said.

Cody Flowers, 15, was in a medically induced coma at Duke University Hospital in Durham, his mother, Susan Walker, said Monday afternoon. He suffered from several skull fractures and a broken right arm.

Investigators say Flowers was walking northbound along U.S. Highway 1 – about a mile from his home – around 11:45 p.m. Saturday when he was struck and left along the road.

Residents in the area reported hearing a loud noise, and when they checked, found Flowers near the roadside. They called 911 and stayed with him until help arrived.

"I am beside myself, as a mother, livid that somebody could do that and just keep going," said Ellen Paynter, who lives nearby. "Anybody who can just keep going after they hit somebody is a downright heartless person."

Warren County teen critically injured in hit-and-run Warren County teen critically injured in hit-and-run

Witnesses said they didn't see what kind of vehicle hit the teen but that the driver-side mirror was left behind at the wreck site.

The North Carolina State Highway Patrol would not confirm that detail but said investigators have located a suspect vehicle.

No one has yet been charged in the case.

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  • proud-bleeding-heart May 23, 11:53 a.m.

    A young life stolen!

  • Ex15.2 May 23, 10:21 a.m.

    Praying the Lord will provide strength for Cody's family. No one should have to go through a tragedy such as this. The driver will not have to just answer to a human judge for this. Whether it's on this Earth on not, he/she will receive a just punishment one day.

  • yvette May 23, 8:44 a.m.

    My son went to school with Cody. I heard that he passed away yesturday morning.

  • Life_Aint_Always_Beautiful May 23, 8:40 a.m.

    This poor young fellow passed away yesterday. So sad!

  • justasahm May 22, 7:11 p.m.

    My daughter was the one that heard the hit. She sent her boyfriend out to see what the noise was. They believed they would find someone with a tire blown out. While 911 was on the way, my daughter called me frantic, while her boyfriend and his family stayed with him. It is a horrible thing to have happened. I pray the family makes it through this. I am also under the impression that the vehicle that hit him was passing another vehicle when this occured, although I am not 100% but, if that was the case, it would offer some insight and still arise more questions as to how the driver could not have seen this boy.

  • munoztisha May 22, 3:43 p.m.

    cody is one of my sons friends ,they where actually playing together earlier that day!we are all praying for him,and asking god to make a miracle happen he was a kid who did not deserve this..and as far as the driver goes i hope they punish u to the fulliest.we all know accidents happen ,but to hit a person and leave them like u did is just sorry..i pray for u as well cause u most have no heart at all!

  • danunger May 22, 2:22 p.m.

    Make hit and run a capitol crime....FELONY! Prosecute the offenders harshly, and they NEVER drive again, in any state. Prayers to the family.

  • Bradley07 May 22, 2:02 p.m.

    dog, deer, coyote, person...... doesn't matter if you hit something most people pull over & get out to see what they hit if you hear a strange noise bump, bang, ding pull over to see what's going on. Usually anyone that's alert will do just that so they know. Prayers to Cody & his family & may they find the person that did this.

  • iluvjunk May 22, 12:56 p.m.

    TarHeel Born: I have called The SCHP repeatedly regarding my sons case. The last response I got was "There's nothing we can do". There was evidence left at the scene the Hwy Patrol never looked into that my husband and youngest son found after they cleared the area. Also they never checked his Motor bike for evidence. I know some members of the NCSHP do their job. In my sons case they did not.

  • Con Amor brings luv and laughter May 22, 11:35 a.m.

    What an awful thing for the child and his family to have to go through! I am praying that he makes a full recovery and is not left with any life long disabilities, and most of all I hope that they get who ever did this to him.. To accidently hit a child, or anyone, would be a horrific thing to happen, and it is one of my worst fears.. But to leave the person laying there to die, is unthinkable and I hope that the mirror left behind is the needed link to capture the criminal who did this to the kid, and send them to PRISON!!!

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