AKRON, Ohio-- On spring break, Alex Shaffer of Hartville, was visiting his girlfriend late Tuesday, watching a movie. His mother, Laura Shaffer, said Alex didn't want to bother his parents so he decided to walk home.
"They were going to watch a long movie and we told him, 'it's your spring break, not ours;' we do have to go to bed and get up to go to work in the morning and in order for us to not get up, he decided to walk home," said his mother.
About midnight Laura and her husband Derek got an alarming phone call.
"It's his girlfriend and she's hysterical and she told me that Alex was hit by a car and she didn't know where he was," said Laura.
Alex said he was walking along Smith Kramer Street and he remembers only a pair of headlights coming toward him. The next thing he remembers he was regaining consciousness at Akron Children's Hospital.
"My head hurt pretty bad," said Alex, who suffered cuts on his face, his arms and his chest, along with a serious concussion. "Everything pretty much hurt."
Somehow Alex managed to call his girlfriend from the scene.
His anxious parents say they got in their car within seconds of the call and went searching for him, expecting to find a stopped car, hoping someone was there comforting him.
"I was frantic," said his mother. "We were looking for a car you know that was on the side of the road, but as we were driving I could see, he was wearing a bright orange hoodie and I could see him laying on the side of the road."
Alex's father is a firefighter with the Uniontown Fire Department. He contacted dispatchers to get an ambulance to the scene as he started caring for his son himself.
"You know it was just very heartbreaking to see my son," said Derek, adding "He was laying on the ground not moving a whole lot. I got up to him, started checking him over, kind of my ems training kicked in."
"He was moaning because he was in a lot of pain. He was somewhat unconscious; you could hear him moaning. At one point he did grab ahold of my hand so he knew I was there," said Derek.
Alex remembers almost none of it.
"He said that it was a large vehicle and he said that all he saw was headlights and all he knew was to jump; so he jumped in order to miss most of the car. We're thinking he hit the side," said his mother.
The area where he was hit is in front of a nursing home. Next door is a church.
"I'm actually really angry about it because I think that you need to be a human being," said his mother. "There were parking lot lights and he was wearing a bright orange shirt; so there's no way this person did not see him."
The incident is under investigation by the Ohio Highway Patrol.
A spokesman told FOX 8 News that there was no damaged debris from a car located at the scene that would help them identify it.
Alex's father hopes as his son recovers he will start to regain some memory of what happened.
"His short term memory is okay. Doctors are concerned with his long term, things like the year he was born, things like that," said Derek. "As he gets better you know he will remember more about the accident; hopefully shed some more light on the subject, you know? That's what we are hoping for; his concussion will get better."
In the meantime, investigators are hoping someone saw or knows something that can help them identify the driver who just left.
"I think that you should take resopnsibility for what you did," said Laura. "You could have killed somebody, but you didn't. You need to face responsibility for what you did. He's okay and he forgives you and we will forgive you, but you need to take responsibility."