A 21-year-old New Bern man was life-flighted to a trauma center in Greenville after he was the victim of a hit-and-run incident late Wednesday afternoon.

Michael “Mike” Garris was walking on Country Club Road near the Rhem Street intersection shortly before 6 p.m. Wednesday when he was hit by a vehicle that fled the scene.

Note: A news release from the New Bern Police Department provided an incorrect location of the incident. It said that the incident occurred at the intersection of First Street and Rhem Street. The incident occurred near the intersection of Country Club Road and Rhem Street. The intersection of First Street and Rhem Avenue is a few hundred yards northeast.

A motorist who came upon the scene shortly after the incident said the man was unconscious in the roadway and being tended to by two women who found him there.

The incident remains under investigation. Anyone with information is asked to call New Bern Officer Williams with the Traffic Enforcement Unit at 252-672-4272.

Rachel Ulibarri, who identified herself as his big sister in a Facebook post, said Garris was sedated at Vidant Medical Center late Thursday morning and that he was going to be OK.

His Facebook wall says Garris owns a business called Mike’s Custom Woodwork & Renovations. He is a West Craven High School alumni and attended Craven Community College.

His Facebook wall shows numerous photos of high-quality carpentry work that he has done, as well frequent posts seeking helpers for his business.

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