Teenager improves after hit-and-run crash near Lebanon

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LEBANON, Mo. (KSPR) - A hit-and-run driver remains on the run after troopers say he hit a teenager and left him in the street.

It happened on Normandy Road just west of Lebanon. Troopers say Jordan Early, 17, stopped there to look at the damages to his car from a previous crash. The impact put Jordan Early in the hospital for the last two days. He says he woke up to these deep bruises, bad tears and recovering from a concussion. He sent us these pictures from his hospital bed, and in a facebook message told us the last thing he remembers is this street. He says he thought he hit an animal, swerved to get around it, then pulled over to look at the damage to his car. The next thing he says he saw were headlights.

State troopers say he was hit, left in the road, and that driver took off.

"Even if you're on the side of the road, understand it's still a very dangerous area," said Sgt. Pace of the Missouri Highway Patrol.

But state troopers say if you need to pull over on the side of any road, there is something you can do to make sure other drivers can see you.

"The safest place is inside your vehicle or just make a quick assessment of your vehicle, turn your hazard lights on, if you're broken down, a universal sign is to put your hood up," said Sgt. Pace.

But Jordan Early says he's just grateful to be alive. Although there are no witnesses, State troopers say they're still treating this as an active investigation until they find who was behind it.