LENOIR, N.C. -- A teen is in the hospital with life-threatening injuries after being struck by a car while trying to save his dog.
Monday morning, a 15-year-old boy, Grayson Walker, ran into the roadway on Fairwood Drive to aid his dog that had been hit by a car. The teen was trying to move the dog from the road when he was struck by a vehicle driven by a 25-year-old woman. The boy was hit right in front of his mother and two brothers.
"They had gone to the roadway to try and remove the dog, and that's when, unfortunately, he was hit," said Trooper M.T. Stutts, of the North Carolina Highway Patrol.
Grayson was airlifted to Carolinas Medical Center with life threatening injuries.
Authorities tell NBC Charlotte the driver of the vehicle stopped and was cooperative; charges have not been filed against her at this point. Officials say it does not appear the woman was speeding.
"An excessive amount of speed is not an indicator at this point," said Trooper M.T. Stutts.
The dog did not survive.
North Carolina Highway Patrol is investigating.
Fairwood Drive is near Hudson, just northeast of Highway 321.