Child Riding Bicycle Seriously Injured By Hit And Run Driver

Troopers Need Help Identifying Driver Who Never Stopped At Scene 

UPDATE 10:00pm – The child’s injuries are not as serious as first thought. The child is expected to be discharged from the hospital tonight. The search continues for the hit and run driver.

BENSON  – The parents of a 12 year-old boy are by his side tonight (Friday) at the hospital where he is undergoing treatment for possible serious injuries.

Around 4:00pm this afternoon the youth was riding his bicycle in the 1000 block of Old Fairgrounds Road in western Johnston County when he was struck by a car. The vehicle never stopped and was last seen speeding away from the scene as the badly injured child lay in the roadway.

The child was rushed by Johnston County EMS to Wake Medical Center in Raleigh.

A hit and run driver struck a 12 year-old boy riding his bicycle on this stretch of Old Fairground Road around 4:00pm Friday. The driver never stopped.

The suspect and the vehicle are still at large tonight.

There were at least two eyewitnesses to the crash, including another 12 year-old riding his bicycle nearby who was not involved.

The witnesses described the hit and run vehicle as a white 4 door passenger car. The vehicle appeared to be a newer model car and was very clean.

Anyone who has any information on the hit and run vehicle and its driver is urged to contact Sgt. J.L. January or Trooper M.E. Sellers with the NC Highway Patrol at the Smithfield District Office at 919-934-2186 or the Raleigh Communications Center at 919-733- 3861.

The name of the child and the extent of his injuries was not immediately released.