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Warren teen injured in hit-and-run dies

Posted May 23, 2012

— A Warren County teenager who was injured in a hit-and-run over the weekend died late Tuesday, authorities said.

Cody Flowers, 15, suffered several skull fractures and a broken right arm in the Saturday night incident and had been in a medically induced coma at Duke University Hospital in Durham.

"Cody had so much love in his heart for his friends, and so I'm really hoping that they stick with me right now and be with me to do this," Flowers' mother, Susan Walker, said Wednesday.

Investigators said Flowers was walking along northbound U.S. Highway 1, returning home from a friend's house, when a vehicle crossed the center line, struck him and didn't stop, leaving him on the side of the highway.

"The individual who did this had no remorse, had no feelings," Walker said as she clutched the clothes her son was wearing when he was hit. "I'm not even going to think about how I feel right now because Cody wouldn't want it that way."

Residents in the area reported hearing a loud noise, and when they checked, found Flowers near the roadside. They said they didn't see what kind of vehicle hit the teen but noted that the driver-side mirror was at the wreck site.

Cody Flowers vigil Mother, friends grieve for hit-and-run victim

The North Carolina State Highway Patrol has searched a vehicle it believes was involved in the hit-and-run, authorities said, but no charges have been filed.

"If you could see this child and what you've done to his family, you would turn yourself in," family friend Tammy Krupa said.

Friends nailed an "RIP Cody" sign to a nearby tree Wednesday, and they planned to hold a vigil for him Wednesday evening.

"To hit him and leave him there, like it was nothing (is awful)," family friend Lisa Norwood said. "He's something. I mean, he was very special."


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  • mhdeland May 31, 2012

    My condolences to the family. I'm so sorry. The Lord saw everything and He will repay in His time. The person may have gotton away from man, but not from the living God.

  • wakeresident May 25, 2012

    Hans, if they accidentally hit him, then left him to die, yeah, that's murder. You don't not notice hitting a child.

  • Deb1003 May 24, 2012

    My condolences to the family and friends of Cody. As a parent that has lost a child, I hope they decided on organ donation. We did and when you read of all the people that benefited from the gift of donation, it helps to ease the pain, just a little.

  • gboro_gal May 23, 2012

    Tears in my eyes...Such a sad situation. May God bless his family during this time of grief.

  • Statick May 23, 2012

    People need to stop taking things for granted and let the powers that be take it's course. - Uhavenoclu

    What powers that be? You don't believe in anything.

  • Uhavenoclu May 23, 2012

    Just because a side mirror was left doesn't mean they will be found. many vehicles have a side mirror missing. You can go to any scrap yard and find one. I myself had one missing and was out of state and decided to stop at a salvage yard. my particular mirror went on my make of car spanning 5 years.
    People need to stop taking things for granted and let the powers that be take it's course.

  • Statick May 23, 2012

    And no, not all hit and run drivers are always found. - Hans

    Well, given the fact that a piece of the vehicle was left behind, I'd say there's a good chance this one will be.

  • OneLove May 23, 2012

    oh how sad! Praying for this family. I hope whomever struck him sees his face every single day of their life.

  • Scubagirl May 23, 2012

    Sad turn to this story. Was hoping he would recover.

    As to those discussing the mirror........IF he crossed the center line he would also have had to have crossed, or almost crossed, the line on the left side of the road as well. But does it really matter? A child is dead, his family and friends are devastated.

    So sad, RIP young man.

  • labs May 23, 2012

    My deepest sympathies go out to his family. God be with you all.