NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (WAVY) — A Newport News teenager may be fighting for his life after being hit by a vehicle that left the scene Friday night. Family members of the victim said the 14 year-old boy is in and out of consciousness.
Just after 10 p.m., police communications received 911 calls about a child hit by a van near the intersection of Jefferson Avenue and Bellwood Road, according to Holly McPherson with Newport News police.
Officers responded to the area and found a 14-year-old boy with a possible life-threatening injury to his head. The teenager was airlifted to a hospital on the Southside.
Investigators said two teens were riding bicycles south on a poorly lit section of Jefferson Avenue when one was hit by a dark-colored van, possibly a mini van. McPherson said the van then dragged the teen’s bicycle a short distance before the driver stopped, exited the vehicle, dislodged the bicycle and left the scene. Police said they don’t know if the driver is a man or woman. A spokeswoman added, the vehicle would most likely have front-end damage.
“Maybe they don’t know how severe that child is right now,” said Earl Miller, who lives on Bellwood Road. Miller said he hopes the driver will turn themselves in once they realize the teenager is critically hurt.
Family members said the victim is from Hampton. However, he grew up in the neighborhood off Bellwood Road.
Police are asking the public to help them find the suspect vehicle and driver. If you know anything that could help investigators find the responsible party, please call the Crime Line at 1-888-LOCK-U-UP.