TEMPLE TERRACE — As a King High School student lay critically injured in a hospital, police appealed Monday for the public's help in finding the driver who struck him.
The bloody and unconscious hit-and-run victim found in the roadway about 12:23 a.m. Saturday near 56th Street and 122nd Avenue is Mulham R. Takrouri, officials said Monday.
Takrouri, 15, who completed his freshman year at King High, remains in critical condition at Tampa General Hospital.
"It's a terrible situation. You got a young kid who was hit and left lying in the road bleeding and severely injured," said Mike Dunn, a Temple Terrace spokesman. "Whoever did this just left him in the road bleeding."
Police at first did not know the victim's identity. But the teen's parents reported him missing, and police made the connection.
The family had recently moved here from out of state, and the teen started at King in March.
Officials are asking the public for help identifying the driver — although they say they have little information to go on.
Police are not sure if the hit-and-run vehicle was a car or a truck. But it would have damage to the front end, fenders, roof line, hood and grill.
Anyone with information can call Cpl. John Spala at (813) 989-7110.
Jared Leone can be reached at (813) 226-3435 or firstname.lastname@example.org.