It happened just before 8 a.m. on Glensford Drive near the end of a school zone. Gabriel Alexander was in the middle of the crosswalk by his school when he was hit by a car moving south.
Witnesses said the driver slowed, but then left the scene.
Monique Rogers said her son pushed his sister out of harm's way.
"He was crossing the street...and he pushed his sister out of the way," said Rogers. "The only thing he remembers is that he saw the headlights. The part that messes me up is because he said 'mommy...I thought I was going to die.' How does your 10 year old son tell you he's going to die?"
Gabriel suffered cuts and bruises on his face.
The car was described as an older model, dark colored four-door sedan. The vehicle was missing a hubcap on the front driver's side and, as a result of the accident, the driver's side mirror was likely hanging down from the mount.
Anyone with information is asked to contact detectives with the Fayetteville Police Department at (910) 433-1036 or CrimeStoppers at (910) 483-TIPS (8477).