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Police Seek Hit-and-Run Driver Who Critically Injured Teen

Posted October 21, 2007
Updated October 22, 2007

— Authorities are asking for the public's help to find a driver who hit a teen riding a bike and then fled the scene Friday night.

It happened on U.S. Highway 301 near the Wilson-Johnston County line. Andrew Lee, 18, of Kenly, was riding northbound in the southbound lanes on U.S. 301 when a vehicle hit him.

Lee suffered serious injuries and remained in critical condition at Duke University Hospital on Monday.

Authorities don't have a description of the vehicle because there were no witnesses.

Anyone with information about the case is asked to call the Wilson County Highway Patrol at 252-237-5294.


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  • sggoodri Oct 23, 2007


    I am so sorry for what your family is going through. Is there any way those of us strangers out here who wish your son well can keep informed about his condition? We hope so much for his recovery.

    Thank you for reminding us what is important. A negligent driver left the scene - quite likely knowing that he hit someone. Cyclists get upset when people use events like this as an excuse to try to ban cyclists from our roads, and as someone who has studied night visibility it makes me angry that bicycle manufacturers don't provide better standard equipment for this, and that the public is generally uninformed of how poorly the current crop of stock bike reflectors perform. But I understand that none of the contributing causes or political fallout of a collision would mean anything to me if my son were in the hospital.

  • rstcort1 Oct 23, 2007

    The area he was hit was in a 55 mile per hour zone not a 35 mile per hour zone. I pray for the young man and I hope all people think safety when riding at night.

  • svaraj38758 Oct 22, 2007

    I am likewise praying for this young man's recovery and for justice.

  • nursevb8 Oct 22, 2007

    It's not the fact whether he was riding on the wrong side of the road or not, or if the bike had lights or reflectors or that it was dar, it's the point that some COWARD hit him and then left him for dead. Hope his conscience gets the best of him and he gives up and that his victim has a quick recovery.

  • brechamplee Oct 22, 2007

    I am this young mans stepmom. Some of you are missing the point. Someone hit him, and left him to die. This is not a story on bike safety. Yes, it got dark on him, the bike did have reflectors though, the person was going 65 in a 35. I agree bike riding at night is very dangerous, these days it's dangerous in the day light, but what this person did, that he could do again if we don't catch him - that's the point. Thank you though for all the well wishes!!! We are making a scrapbook for him if he ever wakes up.

  • sggoodri Oct 22, 2007

    judib1 wrote:
    " For the love of God, please stop riding bikes on the road. Yes, they have the right, but with this area growing so fast it's just dangerous as evidenced by acts like this."

    This tragedy says nothing about the safety of lawful cycling. It merely illustrates the dangers of unlawful cycling.

    Repeated studies of police reports of car-bike crashes and surveys of cyclists reveal that wrong-way cycling increases crash rates over right-side cycling by at least one order of magnitude. Riding off the road rather than on the roadway is not a solution, either - sidewalk cyclists have several times higher crash rates per million miles traveled than do roadway cyclists. Riding at night without lights also creates highly disproportionate numbers of fatalities. Riding lawfully with good visibility is nearly as safe as driving a car - and safer to others.

  • norskagent Oct 22, 2007

    To wish for all cyclists to stop riding in the road is shortsighted and delusional. It is possible to cycle safely and responsibly in this area, and the more people that do it, the more familiar the car traveling public will be with it. Most accidents of this type involve someone not cycling safely (unfortunately this case) or a motorist not paying attention, or both.

  • OhYeah Oct 22, 2007

    I'll pray for him and his family. For the love of God, please stop riding bikes on the road. Yes, they have the right, but with this area growing so fast it's just dangerous as evidenced by acts like this.

  • renesbmw Oct 22, 2007

    pikemom-is the 'illegal' direction in this necessary? someone always has to interject that direction no matter what the story-the important thing is that this young man is hurt and the LOUSE that hit him no matter who or what they are, needs to come forward and fess up.

  • Adelinthe Oct 22, 2007

    Praying for the boy and for his loved ones.

    Also praying they find who hit him before they injure someone else.

    God bless.

    Rev. RB