Hudson man injured by hit-and-run driver

'He never slowed down'
Oct. 18, 2013 @ 02:46 PM

A Hudson man was riding a motorcycle-style scooter on Wilkesboro Boulevard late Wednesday when a car came up on him from behind, smashed into him and never stopped, police said.

Robert Freeman Wilson, 58, of 1690 Greystone Place was listed in stable condition Thursday at Carolinas Medical Center in Charlotte.

Wilson was going west on a 2008 Suzuki Scooter, a high-powered model similar to a motorcycle, when he was hit by a Hyundai Elantra in front of the State Employees Credit Union office about 11 p.m. and fell to the road past the intersection with Hibriten Drive, Capt. Brent Phelps of the Lenoir Police Department said.

"The witnesses said the driver was flying down the road and never slowed down. He just ran over him," Phelps said. He did not know how fast either vehicle was going.

Wilson was taken by Caldwell County EMS directly to the Hickory Regional Airport to be flown to Carolinas Medical Center.

Police are looking for a dark grey or silver, late-model Hyundai Elantra that may have some damage to the front end. Anyone with information that could help the investigation is asked to call Lenoir/Caldwell Crime Stoppers at 828-758-8300 or the Lenoir Police Department at 757-2100.