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A Tennessee man was taken to the hospital Tuesday after an unlicensed juvenile driver struck him in a Kmart parking lot in Conover.
Authorities and witnesses said a juvenile driver was exiting the Kmart parking lot off U.S. 70 in Conover at about 2:45 p.m. Tuesday when his
Kia Soul struck a 60-year-old man walking along the pedestrian crossing adjacent to the storeâ€™s entrance.
Conover Police Sgt. B. Lowdermilk said the white male victim was taken to Frye Regional Medical Center in Hickory and was â€śtalking and alert.â€ť
The juvenile driver was the only occupant in the car.
The collision left a small circular dent above the right front fender of the car. Conover Police marked the asphalt with orange spray paint, where the victim was hit and the car came to a halt.
The juvenileâ€™s mother, who arrived moments after the collision, said she lets her son drive to the store occasionally when she canâ€™t physically do so. She said her family lives in close proximity to the Kmart, adding that she did not want to release her or her sonâ€™s name.
Lowdermilk said the victim was from Tennessee, but staying in an area campground nearby.
The juvenileâ€™s mother was given a citation for allowing a minor under 18 without a current driverâ€™s license to drive, said Conover Police officer J.D. Miller. Miller added that because the driver was a juvenile, no further charges could be given at the scene.
See the videos section on The O-N-E's website for footage from the scene.