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7-year-old boy hit by vehicle returns home

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SUMTER, SC (WACH) -- A community and family left heartbroken after a 7-year-old boy was hit by a vehicle in Sumter County.

On Wednesday, South Carolina Highway Patrol said around 6:30 p.m. the boy was hit in the roadway along Highway 15 near Cockrill Road.

For Ricky Hill and Peter Shadoan, they're surprised a person would keep going after hitting a child. "I just pray for the child and hope that everything comes out alright with them," Shadoan said.

They Sumter residents said they couldn’t imagine what it’s like for the family. Hill has kids and grandchildren around the same age as the 7-year-old who was hit. "Whoever done it should come forward if not they should,” Hill said. “Even if they catch them, they should be punished to the fullest extent of the law."

Authorities said the person driving immediately left the scene, leaving the child behind. He was later airlifted to Palmetto Health Richland where he was treated for serious injuries. "I think they should be compassionate enough to turn themselves in,” Hill said. “Because it’s bad enough to hit a dog here but to hit a human child."

While Troopers continue their investigation, the boy's mother posted on Facebook that her son would be returning home this Friday.

If you have any information about the case, you're asked to contact CrimeStoppers at 1-888-CRIME-SC. Up to $1,000 could be given to anyone with information leading to an arrest.

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