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No Arrests in Hit-and-Run Accident; Benefit Held for Victim

Posted November 10, 2007
Updated November 11, 2007

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— There are few clues and even fewer leads in a hit-and-run that left a Johnston County teenager fighting for this life.

On Oct. 19, Andrew Lee was riding his bike along Highway 301 near the Johnston-Wilson County line when a car struck him. The driver of the vehicle didn't stop and has yet to be identified.

EMS transported Lee to Johnston Memorial Hospital, he was then life-flighted to Duke University Medical Center.

“You hate it because you know there's nothing you can do, but then also it kind of makes you ill. And ill at the person, whoever did this to him,” Kris Lee, brother of the victim, said.

Lee's family said the 18-year-old has brain damage. He was unable to speak until recently, when he uttered a few words to his family.

“It was like a million dollars to me. It was very special to be hearing him say anything cause they didn't know whether he would talk at all or not,” grandmother Lois Lee said.

Family and friends held a benefit Saturday to help with Lee's rising medical costs and to raise awareness of the investigation.

“He's my ray of sunshine. I need him. I love him. We all miss him. This is just something bad that somebody could do this and I hope we find him,” Lois Lee said.

Lee remained listed in critical condition Saturday at Duke University Medical Center.

Investigators said the vehicle that hit Andrew would likely have front-end damage and a missing side mirror. They said they believe the car might have been a Ford Thunderbird or Mercury Cougar, 1989 to 1996 model.

Lee's family has offered a $5,000 reward for information leading to an arrest and conviction in the case.

Anyone with information should call the Highway Patrol at 252-237-5294.

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  • mommy2caroline Nov 12, 2007

    Hoping for a tremendous recovery for this young man. I think it's so cowardly to hit someone and leave them for dead. Even Sunday morning we had someone stop at our house because they were concerned when they hit a dog and wanted to find its owner. I hope they can find the criminal and charge him or her with attempted murder. My best wishes to the victim and his family.

  • gopanthers Nov 11, 2007

    I hope this young man makes a quick and full recovery. I can not believe ANYONE would not have the heart to stop after hitting someone unless they we're up to no good (drunk/drugs/warrants what-ever.) I hope they catch the indivual in a hurry. And again, my heart and prayers goes out to this young man and his family.

  • JustCrazy2 Nov 11, 2007

    Praying for a speedy recovery.

  • Jh5230 Nov 10, 2007

    I hope this individual gets better.

  • ooooooooooooooooo Nov 10, 2007

    THIS IS ANOTHER SAD CASE. THOUGHTS AND PRAYERS GO OUT TO THIS FAMILY FOR A QUICK AND SUCCESSFUL RECOVERY. HOW CRUEL TO HIT SOMEONE AND LEAVE THEM ON THE SIDE OF THE ROAD (as would a wild animal). MAY GOD AND PEACE BE WITH THE VICTIM AND HIS FAMILY.

  • Scarecrow Cow Nov 10, 2007

    Lord, please heal this man and comfort his family. I sincerely hope his brain damage is not permanent and that he continues to make progress like talking.

  • gnew46 Nov 10, 2007

    I wish the young man well and pray for a full recovery. God be with him and his family.
    For the perpretator of this act, you will be judged by your actions.

  • Trivr Nov 10, 2007

    Truly sad for this family.

    I don't have an answer, but this area of the law-vehicular homicide- scares me. Everyone could land themselves in jail, even grandma.

  • lynddsy Nov 10, 2007

    so sad to know this young man is still in intensive care and he was hit on oct. 19! it would have been a miracle to hear him talk! my heart and prayers go out to him and his loved ones. MAY GOD BLESS YOU ALL IN THIS TIME. AMEN

  • Angelfmabve5 Nov 10, 2007

    Our thoughts and prayers are still with all you. Today's benefit was AWESOME! It was wonderful to see a community bond together to do something so very special for Andrew and for the Lee's as a family. Great food, lots of fun for the kids and the live music by Broadslab and Dragline was incredible! Thanks to WRAL for coming out!