TROY - A teenager is in critical condition after being hit by a car on his way to school. The driver took off, leaving the boy in the street - but he did not get too far.
At 7 a.m. Friday, the 17-year-old Troy High School student was riding near the school's student drop off on Northfield Parkway when a white SUV hit him.
The driver then fled and left him on the side of the road in critical condition.
The student was not wearing a helmet, his bicycle and body was struck on the side of the SUV. He then his head hit the windshield so hard, it broke the glass.
The student is in critical but stable condition at a nearby hospital. The suspect is in custody, awaiting charges.
But Troy police believe the bicyclist was at fault, said Capt. Robert Redmond of Troy Police
"It was dark out, it was very dark in the area," said Redmond. "There are no stop signs at the intersection, the vehicle wasn't speeding. However he should have stopped, he didn't do so and he will have repercussions because of that."
Police were able to track down the SUV after only a few hours, using the school's surveillance footage to trace the vehicle back to a house nearby.
Once there, they found the SUV with fresh damage. The owner, a Troy high school parent who was dropping of his child, had since switched the plate on the vehicle with another, to avoid detection.
"We talk to the owner of the vehicle at the house," Redmond said. "He admitted to being in the accident, he admitted that he fled the scene. He stated he did so because he didn't have a driver's license.
"He fled because he did not have a license, so he was afraid of getting in trouble, so now he's in more trouble."