A 16-year-old boy with autism suffered serious injuries in a hit-and-run crash early Thursday morning.

The collision happened around 3:45 a.m. on East 31st Street near South Mingo Road. Witnesses told police they drove up on the victim walking in the middle of the road and turned around to check on him.

While they were checking on him, witnesses said they tried to stop a white Chevy Tahoe driving toward the child. The SUV struck the boy in front of the witnesses and drove away, according to police.

Police said the boy was taken to the hospital with massive head trauma and is now in an induced coma.

The victim’s mother told police that the boy left their apartment in the area without her knowing. She said the boy has low functioning autism.

Police said the driver of the SUV will face felony hit-and-run charges when he or she is caught.

Witnesses told police the driver went west on East 31st Street and north on Memorial Drive.

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