TROUP, TX (KLTV) - Around seven Wednesday night, Dylan Perry said he was walking along Highway 135 in Troup with a group of friends, leaving a local youth center.
Authorities are now looking for the red Dodge pickup, they say sent Dylan flying into the middle of the road without stopping.
"We heard something move in the bushes and when we looked over a big dog jumped out and attacked us," said Dylan.
That's when Dylan said he and his friends took off. The next thing he remembers is seeing headlights headed straight for him.
"My friends came over and drug me back into the grass," said Dylan. "I'm glad they were there."
"I run wrecks everyday and I see it and you never know what you're going to roll up on," said Bobby LaMotte, Dylan's dad.
LaMotte is a volunteer firefighter and trained EMT. He said he first got a call from Dylan's friends. Then...
"Not even 30 seconds after that, my fire pager went off about a child being hit by a car," said LaMotte. "We just thank God everyday that he had an angel next to Dylan when it happened."
Dylan said he was awake and remembers everything, even being wheeled into surgery.
"[I am] just glad I didn't get hit all the way," said Dylan.
His leg badly cut and broken in two places, Dylan said muscle spasms make things a bit uncomfortable.
"If I could do anything, I would take the pain from him," said his father. "I'm grateful for being able to kiss and hug my son. I'm grateful that I didn't have to burry him.
Balloons and gift boxes full of candy provide some comfort, but one thought is still plaguing.
"I could forgive the person for hitting him, but to actually drive off and leave him on the side of the road," said LaMotte. "That's what bothers me the most."
Police are now following every lead, with hopes of finding the driver.
"Well, Troup's a small town, and it's kind of personal with everybody," said Corp. Lanny Becker with the Troup Police Department.