A Caldwell County teenager remained hospitalized in critical condition Wednesday, two days after he tried to save his dog and was struck by a vehicle outside his home.

Grayson Walker, 15, was airlifted to Carolinas Medical Center in Charlotte with life-threatening injuries Monday morning.

Grayson ran onto Fairwood Drive after his dog had been clipped by a passing vehicle, the State Highway Patrol in Hudson said. He was trying to force the dog out of the road and back into their yard, investigators said.

Moments later, another vehicle struck Grayson, who is a sophomore at West Caldwell High School. His dog died, family members said.

Investigators said they continue to investigate what happened and haven’t filed charges against the driver. Joe Marusak

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