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Deputies: Driver hit cross country runner and drove away

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Columbia County, OR (KPTV) -

Columbia County deputies are trying to track down the driver who hit a teenage cross country runner in the Rainier area, and drove away.

The driver struck the 16-year-old on the afternoon of Sept. 19 in the vicinity of Parkdale and Meserve Roads, investigators told FOX 12.

The teen was hit from behind and was knocked unconscious for a period of time, but managed to eventually make his way to Rainier High School where he reported the crash to his father, deputies said.

He was later taken to St. John Hospital in Longview with multiple bruises to his back, shoulder blade and thigh.

Deputies responded to the area where the crash happened, but found nothing to help them identify a possible suspect.

The investigation showed the crash had occurred during a detour of traffic from a commercial truck incident at Highway 30 and the Lewis and Clark Bridge.

Deputies said the teen was struck between 3:30 p.m. and 4 p.m., during a time when there would have been multiple cars in the area of the school.

"Running someone down from behind and leaving him there is the kind of behavior our society must not tolerate," said Sheriff Jeff Dickerson.

"We are asking for anyone who might know anything about this to call our tip line at 503-366-4698 and leave a message for the investigator in this case, Deputy Bill Haas."

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