ONSLOW COUNTY, NC (WCTI) — A vehicle hit a student right in front of Jacksonville High School and the driver drove away Tuesday morning, according to Onslow County emergency officials.
The Jacksonville Police Department said the hit-and-run happened at 6:50 a.m. Officers located the vehicle and arrested the driver. Charges are pending.
NewsChannel 12 was the first on the scene and first responders tell us the student is in critical condition and was treated at the scene by Onslow County paramedics. The student was flown from the scene by helicopter, heading to New Hanover Regional Medical Center.
“The pedestrian has been transported for medical treatment” said Deputy Chief Ashley Weaver. “We are in the preliminary stages of this investigation and will are unable to release additional information at this time.”
Students usually park across from the high school and walk across Henderson Drive to get to class. Jacksonville Police Chief Mike Yaniero urges caution in school zones. “The improved pedestrian crossing has resulted in greater safety for the students, but drivers have responsibility to obey the law for the crossing” said Chief Yaniero. As is customary, a review will be made of the crossing.