The teen is now in critical condition.
Police say the driver left the scene, but residents protected the teen until emergency crews arrived.
"They could've stopped. There's no way they didn't know they hit somebody. No way. I heard it all the way in my house," says Dorcella Powell. "I was just praying he wasn't dead because he wasn't moving. The guy was trying to get him to say something but he wasn't moving, but then he finally did. When they started moving him he started to scream and moan."
Police are still searching for the driver, but say they have limited information about the vehicle.
Some neighbors say the area is too dark because not enough street lights work along Alter Road.
As the search for the driver continues, neighbors say they want the city to fix the lights along this street so the area is well-lit at night.
"The lighting is kind of terrible in this area; it's been like that for a little while," says Antoine Washington.
Officials at the Public Lighting Authority of Detroit tell FOX 2 they are working hard to provide adequate working streets lights in the city. In a statement officials say, in part, they began installing new LED street lights last year for visibility. As of last week, more than 40,000 new lights have been installed throughout the city.
We are told work is scheduled to begin on that section of Alter Road next week. A total of 12 lights will be installed in that stretch.