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Hit-and-Run Driver Sought in Crash That Left Teen Hospitalized

A local mother was asking for the public’s help Wednesday in locating the hit-and-run driver who slammed into her son and left him for dead on a street in Huntington Beach.

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Stephen Cureton, 17, was hospitalized after being struck by a hit-and-run driver in Huntington Beach on Feb. 10, 2014. (Credit: Family photos)

Victoria Cureton said she was not prepared for what she saw when she rushed into the emergency room Monday night to find her teenage son near death.

“It was all I could do not to fall on the floor,” Victoria Cureton said.

Stephen Cureton suffered severe head trauma, four broken vertebrae and numerous other injuries when he was struck just before 9 p.m. on Yorktown Avenue.

His mother said the 17-year-old was walking with a friend when he was hit.

“They had stopped on the side of the road… and were talking with each other,” Victoria Cureton said. “And his friend said out of nowhere a car swerved over.”

Cureton was struck so hard, the impact sent him flying, his mother said.

He remained hospitalized Wednesday at UCI Medical Center. His mother said he had no memory of the crash.

Police were still talking to witnesses and had not released a description of the car.

Anyone with information was urged to call the Huntington Beach Police Department at 714-960-8811.

The family was also offering a $500 reward for information.