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Reward Offered in Hit-and-Run

Posted October 22, 2007 9:24 p.m. EDT
Updated October 22, 2007 9:51 p.m. EDT

— The family of a hit-and-run victim is offering a reward for help finding the person who drove a vehicle that struck him on U.S. Highway 301 near the Wilson-Johnston county line late Friday night.

Andrew Lee, 18, of Kenly, was bicycling northbound in the southbound lanes when a vehicle struck him. Family members said Lee has brain damage and, if he wakes from a coma, likely will be paralyzed on one side of his body.

"I will appeal to anyone that has any information to come forward and give it," Don Lee, the victim's grandfather, said. "I have put up a $2,000 reward for anyone that can lead to the arrest of the person involved."

"He loved people. He loved to talk and be around people. Now, he lays on a bed with his face all broken up, teeth gone, who knows if he will be a people person again," Brenda Lee, his mother, said in a statement.

Lee was listed in critical condition Monday night at Duke University Hospital.

The Highway Patrol said troopers do not have a description of the vehicle because there were no witnesses. The vehicle would likely have front-end damage and a missing side mirror, they said

Anyone with information is asked to call the Wilson County office of the Highway Patrol at 252-237-5294.