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Hit-and-Run Victim Released From Hospital

Posted December 29, 2007
Updated December 30, 2007

— A Johnston County teenager who was the victim of a hit-and-run was released from the hospital and spoke with WRAL Saturday.

On Oct. 19, Andrew Lee of Kenly was riding his bike along Highway 301 near the Johnston-Wilson County line when a car struck him. Investigators said the driver of the vehicle did not stop to help Lee or report the accident.

The driver, Allison Thomas, was arrested in November after authorities received an anonymous tip. Officials said she knew the victim’s mother.

Andrew spent five weeks in critical condition after the hit-and-run. He has brain damage, a metal plate in his hip and metal bars in both legs. Yet, Andrew can't stop smiling.

“You gotta be tough to be able to do this and still survive,” he said.

His grandmother, Lois Lee, called his recovery “a miracle.”

“I told his doctors [and] they agreed with me, ‘cause I kept telling them, I said, ‘God put His hand on him or he wouldn’t even be here now,’” she said.

Andrew will return to the hospital Sunday, but he should be released for good on Friday. He still has more rehab and recovery ahead of him. Andrew said he is just happy to be alive.

“My knee hurts everyday, but that’s it basically,” he said.

Andrew's family tries to avoid talking to him about what happened.

“I think [Allison Thomas] should be punished. But, you know, I don’t want [Andrew] to feel hate in his heart, because that could make him worse,” Lois Lee said.

Instead, she wants her grandson to focus on the future. He has a lot of rehab ahead of him. His family doesn't know if he will ever be able to use his left leg again. What they do know is that Andrew will just keep on smiling.

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  • GingerTea Dec 30, 2007

    best wishes, andrew. glad you're home!!

  • parr4246 Dec 30, 2007

    Ms. Thomas should get the longest sentence available...... she hit the kid (knew the family) and still didn't confess.... she has to be one of the most cold hearted people around.....!!!!

  • lizard Dec 30, 2007

    I hope the gov't doesn't forgive and the perp is prosecuted to the fullest wextent of the law.

    Good luck to the victim in his recovery.

  • myrtlebeachrock Dec 30, 2007

    I'm so glad to hear that he is doing fine. There are so many reckless drivers out there. I never see any check points in Wilson County. I would say at least half of the people driving in eastern NC don't even have a license or insurance. I wish the best for him and I hope the family sues the hell of the girl who hit him. I don't feel sorry for her one bit, there is a price to pay for every action.

  • steelslinger512 Dec 30, 2007

    I hope they take her twinkies away in prison..

  • grenlyn1 Dec 30, 2007

    Andrew, keep smiling darling. Your recovery will be swift. To harbor ill feelings will only make life tough on this young man. I hope he finds forgiveness in his heart to enable him to keep moving forward. God Bless.

  • gopanthers Dec 30, 2007

    I am so happy to hear Andrew is doing so MUCH better. Looks like a good young man and very lucky. God Bless!

  • hmaxwell Dec 30, 2007

    I am so thankful that Andrew is on his way to recovery! I've known him since he was a little boy and hearing about the accident broke my heart. God bless him, Lois, and the rest of the family for being so strong.

  • svaraj38758 Dec 30, 2007

    I think many people have followed this story and have been praying for this young man. I'm glad to see him able to leave the hospital and wish him the best in life. Andrew, I think you indeed are an example of one of God's miracles. Stay strong and positive.

  • malave27896 Dec 29, 2007

    BEST WISHES TO THIS YOUNG MAN. GLAD TO KNOW THAT HE IS HOME WITH FAMILY AND LOVED ONES. GLAD TO KNOW THAT HE IS HOME WITH HIS FAMILY TO BRING IN A BLESSED NEW YEAR.

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