UPDATE March 17, 2014: Due to information obtained through the investigation, the Macon Police Department was able to determine the injuries were not caused by a hit and run driver and further did not occur within the city limits of Macon. The Macon Police Department contacted the Missouri State Highway Patrol for assistance in the investigation and then turned the accident investigation over to the Missouri State Highway Patrol. According to Chief Steve Olinger, the investigation into the initial report will continue by the Macon Police Department to determine possible charges. ----------------------------------
Just after 3 Friday morning, the Macon Police Department was notified by 911 of an accident involving a pedestrian. The accident occurred on Highway 63 near the Macon County Fairgrounds.
The victim, a 20-year-old white male from Macon, was struck by a vehicle while he was crossing the highway. The victim was accompanied by friends who reported the vehicle to be a Ford F-150 truck, dark in color, possibly blue and appeared to be low-profile, traveling southbound.
No further description of the vehicle or driver is available, but the vehicle is believed to have front-end damage due to impact of the accident.
The vehicle continued to travel southbound without stopping.
The victim was immediately loaded into a personal vehicle and taken to the Samaritan Hospital. From there, he was airlifted to a Columbia hospital for treatment of life-threatening, serious injuries.
The Macon Police Department is asking for the public's help in the investigation.
Anyone with information is encouraged to call the Macon Police Department at (660) 385-2195 or the Anonymous Tips Line at (660) 395-1111.