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14-year-old boy remains at hospital after Wake Forest hit-and-run

Posted July 29, 2016 9:55 p.m. EDT
Updated July 30, 2016 11:07 p.m. EDT

— Officials said a child was involved in a hit-and-run on Burlington Mills Road and Danforeshire Way Friday around 9 p.m. in Wake Forest.

The portion of Burlington Mills Road from Danforeshire Way to Night Heron Drive was closed due to the accident, authorities said.

Troopers said the victim was a 14-year-old boy named Andrew Nacional who suffered a broken facial bone and a broken leg. A witness said the vehicle that hit the boy was a dark SUV. The witness also said Nacional was in the roadway when he was struck.

"Unfortunately there was no damage left," said Lt. Jeff Gordon with the North Carolina Highway Patrol. "No type of debris or even registration plate that was obtained. All we have is a large black SUV that was traveling on Burlington Mills Road when the accident occured."

Gordon told WRAL News that Nacional suffered several broken bones due to the accident.

"He was in the middle of the road, and he was kind of crouched down in what was described as doing a 'crab walk,' Gordon said. "Teenagers do some things that kind of make you scratch your head, but unfortunately he was in the middle of the road."

Gordon said no charges have been filed yet but they would eventually like to track down and talk to the person responsible.

"It could've been that the individual that struck the child may have thought they struck a dog, a deer, or what have you, because it was dark," Gordon said. "The child was low to the ground. Most people stop once they strike something."

No additional information has been released. An investigation is ongoing, officials said.