FORT PIERCE, Fla. - 14 year-old Mark Jemison is getting a few extra days of vacation. Not because of any bad weather. He was planning to be in school Wednesday.
But around 6:30 a.m., while on his way to the bus stop, Mark was hit by a car.
Jemison said he was walking in the grass area between the sidewalk and 13th Street in Fort Pierce when he was struck at the intersection with Georgia Avenue.
"I tried to get up, and when I tried to get up, my knee popped and I hit the ground and I'm yelling help," said Jemison.
No one was initially coming to his aid, so Jemison made a drastic maneuver.
"People didn't stop because maybe they thought I was trying to hitchhike. So after I rolled over into the street, someone stopped and they called 9-1-1," he recalled a few hours after he was released from the hospital.
Mark's dad got the call to meet his son at the hospital.
"That's a scary call because he could have been really hurt... dead," said Donald Jemison.
Mark Jemison, a sophomore at Westwood High School, says the driver did not have his lights on. He's not sure if someone intentionally tried to hit him, but he doesn't think so.
The vehicle involved is believed to be a newer model Chevy Impala with dark tinted windows and "spinners".
Police say spinners are fancy rims that continue to turn when the car is stopped.
Jemison says he'll probably be on crutches for the next six weeks.
If you have any information in this case, you can call Treasure Coast Crime Stoppers at 1-800-273-TIPS.