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North Carolina Highway Patrol Officials and Cabarrus County Sheriff's Deputies are looking for the person or people who hit and killed a 14-year-old teen from Kannapolis during the early morning hours of February 23rd.
Authorities believe Derick Thomason, 14, was hit and killed around 3 a.m. near Exit 63 on I-85.
Deputies say no one reported seeing Thomason's body until almost ten hours later.
"Somebody somewhere knows something," his father Andy Thomason said.
Officials originally ruled the death a suicide, but it's now being called a hit and run.
"Eight hours he sat out there dead on the side of the road, and in eight hours all the traffic that went by and nobody said nothing. That bothers me," Thomason said.
Thomason told us his son was a sports fanatic and loved NASCAR.
He says the 14-year-old also had Asperger's Syndrome, a form of Autism. Thomas says the condition lead to severe bullying in school and in the neighborhood that lasted for almost a decade.
"(Derick) walking two miles from the house would have never happened. Him walking from here to the stop sign would have been the furthest he's ever been before in his life," Thomason said.
Derick Thomason would have been 15 on Saturday. His mother tells WBTV he was looking forward to getting his learner's permit to drive.
If you know who may have hit Derick, call Cabarrus County Crime Stoppers at 704-93-Crime (704-932-7463.) Your call will remain anonymous.