‘Help me find this guy’: Father pleads for help after bicyclist hurt in Forestbrook hit-and-run crash

Published: Sep. 11, 2023 at 2:24 PM EDT|Updated: Sep. 11, 2023 at 6:16 PM EDT
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HORRY COUNTY, S.C. (WMBF) – A father is calling on the community for help after his son was hit by a truck, and the driver didn’t stop.

Troopers said the hit and run took place just before 11:30 p.m. Saturday along Burcale Road near Ryan Lane in the Forestbrook area.

Jason Devlin said that his 19-year-old son, Christian Devlin, was biking home from work when he was hit from the back by the truck.

His father revealed that his son is in a full-body cast but is alert and talking.

“I need my son to be able to recover. He’s sitting, hooked up to monitors. Every time he thinks about it, his heart rate shoots up, he can’t be worried about this,” Jason Devlin said. “All he asks me every half hour is, ‘Any update? Have you found the guy? Any news?’ I need people to help me find this guy. I need him to go recover and get better.”

With tears in his eyes, Jason Devlin said his family feels hopeless right now, as his son lays in a hospital bed.

“I wanna help so bad, but I just don’t know how and I think hopelessness right now is how I feel,” Jason Devlin said tearfully.

Troopers believe the bicyclist was hit by a 2008-2016 Ford F-250, F-350 or F-450. At this time the truck’s color isn’t known at this time, but the truck could have passenger-side mirror damage.

Meanwhile, as troopers search for the truck, Jason Devlin has a message for the driver.

“Sometimes it’s hard to take the consequences of your actions, but it’s your actions, own them. The whole course of my son’s life has been changed because of whoever did this. I understand how it’s gonna be for them to own up to it, but my deserves that. Everyone’s life has value, please recognize that,” Jason Devlin said.

Anyone with information on the case is asked to call the South Carolina Highway Patrol at 843-661-4705 or *HP.