WAKE FOREST, N.C. (WTVD) --A 14-year-old boy who was struck by a hit-and-run driver in Wake Forest on Friday night has autism and ran away from home moments before it happened.
Andrew Nacional, of Wake Forest, has a head injury, several broken bones, and is scheduled for surgery on Friday.
His mother told a 911 operator he was upset at the time, and she called for help when she realized he left the house.
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A state trooper at the scene said the teen was conscious and alert when he was taken to the hospital.
Authorities are looking for a dark-colored Sport Utility Vehicle that hit Nacional and drove away around 9 p.m.
Eyewitnesses told troopers the teen was "sort of sitting" in the roadway when the SUV struck him on Burlington Mills Road.
The SUV was going west on Burlington Mills, toward Capital Boulevard.
A portion of Burlington Mills Road from Dansforeshire Way to Night Heron Drive was temporarily closed because of the incident.
The Wake Forest Police Department is assisting the NC State Highway Patrol.
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