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Hit and run victim: "I just got hit by a truck."

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"He just plowed right over me."

That's how 14-year-old Lucas Bivens describes getting run over by a truck in Etowah last weekend.

Tennessee Highway Patrol is now investigating the crash that happened at 14th St. and County Rd. 801 in Etowah last Sunday.

Lucas was riding bikes with friends. He said he fell off of his bike while making a turn. A red truck driving on County Rd. 801 failed to stop, hitting the teen.

The driver fled the scene, leaving Lucas with serious injuries.

"We saw the bike fly, and then we saw Lucas fly. The truck slowed down, and then he bolted," said Carl Balaban, who stayed with Lucas until an ambulance got there.

"I woke up in the ambulance," Lucas said. "I looked down. I was kinda woozy then, and I didn't know what happened to me. It took me a second or two, and I was like, dang, I just got hit by a truck."

The crash left Lucas with a hematoma on his brain, collapsed lungs, a broken arm, and fractured pelvis.

"That accident, it should have killed him. It should have killed him. God had his hand on my son," said Lucas' mom, Kenzie.

She says her son is making a miraculous recovery.

He spent two nights in the Neurocritical Care Unit at UT Medical Center. Doctors think Lucas' brain will heal, without any permanent damage.

Kenzie is thankful her son is OK. She even says she's not mad at the driver.

"The way it happened, it was a simple accident. I don't blame them. I wouldn't have been mad if they stopped," Kenzie said.

But the man didn't stop, leaving Lucas alone in the middle of the road. That's what this mom doesn't understand.

"I've asked for prayers for this person," she said. "Let The Lord handle it. He knows what to do and how to do it. I'm putting it all in God's hands."

Witnesses describe the suspect's vehicle as a small red truck, possibly with a white stripe on the rear end. Anyone with information should notify Tennessee Highway Patrol at (423) 634-6890.

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