A Rainier teenager is recovering after being hit by a car while jogging on a rural road.
It happened Wednesday on Parkdale Road while 16-year-old Bailey Heacock was training for an upcoming 10K race.
"I think the first thing I remember is the sound of the car," Heacock said.
He may have heard the car, but he never saw it before it hit him from behind and he was knocked unconscious from the impact. Heacock estimated he was unconscious for more than 10 minutes.
"When I came to, I was thinking, I need to get somewhere because this hurts a lot and something wrong has happened," Heacock said.
Heacock said he limped to his high school, about two miles away, where staff called his father. Ted Heacock took his son to St. John Medical Center in Longview, WA, where the teen spent about four hours receiving treatment for bruises and soreness. Heacock said he had no broken bones.
"The biggest question I have is if you knew it happened, why didn't you stop and help my son?" said Ted Heacock. "You could have made an anonymous phone call to 911."
Such a call was never made and the Columbia County Sheriff Jeffrey Dickerson said there were no witnesses.
"I don't think it was anything intentional, but I'm definitely angry that it happened," said Bailey Heacock about the driver who ran him down. "I've done things in my life that I'm not proud of so I get being scared and nervous and not really sure what to do but just take some accountability, take some responsibility and try to move on with your life."
Heacock said he has already resumed training for the 10K race and plans to compete on Sept. 30.
Anyone with information is asked to contact the Columbia County Sheriff's Office.
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