CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Charlotte-Mecklenburg police are looking for a driver involved in a hit-and-run early Wednesday morning.

The incident happened around 2 a.m. on Sam Wilson Road.

Police said two bicyclists were riding down the road when a truck struck 20-year-old Albert Avendano from behind, sending him into a nearby ditch.

Medics transported Avendano to Carolinas Medical Center in Dilworth with serious injuries. His mother, Marcia Strickland, said Avendano fractured his neck, possibly his eye socket, and other internal injuries are still unknown. Strickland said he is in and out of consciousness, and more tests are being taken.

I was mad because someone hit him and left him in the ditch to die possibly. I was mad someone would do that, Avendano's mother said. We were woke up at about 2:30 telling us that our son was riding his bike from the store and that he was hit by a truck.

Avendano was riding his bike to a store on Sam Wilson Boulevard with friend Jeremy Plant.

He flew a good bit from where his bike was and he was messed up pretty bad, said Plant. I ran to him as fast as possible...passing the truck, and the guy just keeps going. He stops for two seconds and keeps going.

When he found his friend, he was in a ditch, barely conscious, not really moving at all.

I heard him groan a tiny bit, Planted added.

Police are looking for a white Ford F-150 with an extended bed.

It just kills me that at least he didn t stop, Strickland said.

If you have any information on this incident call Charlotte-Mecklenburg police.

Read or Share this story: