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Durham Boy Faces Long Recovery After Hit-And-Run

Posted August 7, 2006 9:05 a.m. EDT

— It can be tough to take when a little boy's dreams are suddenly sidetracked.

"I can't play football for school, this year. I can't play," said Larry Long Jr.

The 12-year-old's plans for the upcoming school year ended when a driver hit him last month and ran off. Long was riding bikes with his mother and a friend on Guess Road.

State troopers said a woman, who was driving a light-colored small sedan, swerved onto the shoulder, hit the boy and she kept on going.

"I just don't know what happened. I'd like to know the reason why she didn't stop," said Larry's father, Larry Long Sr. "At least she could've stopped to help or call an ambulance."

Investigators say they have few leads in the case and need the public's help in locating the driver.

Larry Jr. says he does not remember the accident, only waking up in the hospital.

"I was screaming, 'I can't move my leg. I can't move my arm,'" he said.

Having already four surgeries, there could be more to come to Larry Jr. A brace holds his broken leg in place, and tubes constantly pump medicine into his nerve-damaged arm.

Doctors say they do expect him to make a full recovery, but it could take months.

"I hope I heal quickly and get back to what I was doing and stuff," he said.

The Longs -- Larry Jr. and Larry Sr. -- now spend most of their time watching television. And although it might not be the summer they planned for, the father and son are thankful at least they're together.

"We're determined to get him in the best shape we can so he can play, eventually, down the road," said Larry Long Sr.