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Police seeking driver who hit Wake Forest student

Posted December 8, 2015

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— The Wake Forest Police Department is asking for the public's help in identifying and finding the driver of a vehicle that hit a Wake Forest High School student Monday morning.

According to authorities, a 14-year-old Matthew Tilghman was hit at about 7 a.m. by the driver's side mirror of a black or dark-colored 15-passenger van while crossing the 400 block of Stadium Drive. The driver of the van stopped briefly, but then drove away.

Tilghman suffered a broken right clavicle and several broken bones in his foot.

"We're just relieved that it wasn't more serious than it was but, again, that's why we're calling on the person who's responsible to step forward and do the right thing," said Bill Crabtree with the Wake Forest Police Department.

As a result of the crash, the driver's side mirror broke off of the vehicle, which investigators believe is a Chevrolet Express made between 2003 and 2012.

"That's going to be an important piece because we're hoping that people in the community see a van that matches that description that's missing a driver's side mirror," said Crabtree.

Authorities said that Tilghman was not in the crosswalk at the time of the incident.

Anyone with information is asked to call police at 919-435-9610.

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  • BigWillie Johnson Dec 9, 2015
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    On this topic you make some valid points Roscoe. I have a question for the WFPD are you going to step and do something for a change? Remember the white van terrorizing children in WF? That was far more serious and they could not find those people.

  • Rosco Coltrane Dec 9, 2015
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    Well the cops could pull over any vehicle matching this description, the vehicle may be brought to a body shop for repair or the driver may decide to come forward. The latter may be the least feasible, because that would be admitting to a hit and run with serious injuries. That is a crime which could come with substantial jail time, along with a hefty fines and medical bills for years to come. The best chance though, is to be turned in by someone else. Humans can't help but tell others pretty much anything about their lives. Whoever this person tells, needs to do the right thing.