FAIRHAVEN, MASS. (WHDH) - Authorities are turning to the public for help as they search for a driver who they say struck and injured a 14-year-old boy who was riding a bicycle to school in Fairhaven on Wednesday before fleeing the scene.

Officers responding to a report of a cyclist struck by a vehicle in the area of Adams and Brown streets about 6:45 a.m. found the boy injured in the street, according to Fairhaven Police Chief Michael J. Myers.

After an on-scene investigation, officers determined the vehicle that struck the teen was likely an older-model, dark-colored SUV.

The boy was treated on scene and taken to Hasbro Hospital in Providence with non-life-threatening injuries.

“He was conscious and talking to officers,” Fairhaven police Lt. Kevin Kobza said of the victim. “Reports that we’re getting back from the hospital state that he’s going to be fine.”

Witness Molly Devlin said she heard the boy desperately screaming for help.

“I could tell there was a young person, a boy screaming for help,” she said. “It was definitely desperate.”

Kobza said a passing motorist saw the incident unfold but that it happened too fast for them to provide a detailed description of the suspect vehicle.

Police say the suspect vehicle was driving south on Adams Street in a 35 mph zone. Neighborhood residents say motorists often speed down the road.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Fairhaven Police Department at 508-997-7421.

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