DOBSON — A teenager is in critical condition after being struck by a vehicle while waiting for his bus.
A 15-year-old boy was airlifted after being struck by a vehicle on Atkins Street in Dobson, according to county EMS Director John Shelton. The boy was in surgery at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center as of early Thursday afternoon.
Authorities are still searching for the driver of the vehicle, who drove away from the scene of the accident.
Shelton said a girl, who he estimated to be 10- to 12-years-old, also was struck by the vehicle. She was treated for abrasions and released at the scene.
The school bus both children would have boarded arrived at the bus stop while EMS personnel treated the children, said Shelton.
The incident occurred in the 600-block of East Atkins Street near Food Lion, according to a “crime alert” posted to the town of Dobson’s Facebook page. A white “newer model” sport utility vehicle (SUV) ran off the road and struck the children. The vehicle fled the scene of the accident.
In an updated post from the town, officers reported they believe it to be a Jeep, possibly a Grand Cherokee. The page also stated, “The vehicle should have damage to the front left (driver) side and possibly have a spare tire on the front left (drivers) side.”
Town officials are asking anybody who has information regarding the incident to call town hall at 336-356-8962.