A 13-year-old boy from the Hanover area went home from the hospital late Sunday evening to his family, and, his mom says, back to enjoy his Xbox.

But, that is far from the end of a story that began Saturday afternoon when the boy and a friend were enjoying a warm, sunny afternoon on their bicycles.

The boy and his family still are trying to recover from what happened Saturday afternoon, and his mother has asked that The Madison Courier not use his name. Until the boy’s name becomes a part of public record, the Courier will not use his name nor his mother’s name.

The two boys were riding their bicycles eastbound through Hanover, heading toward the BP gas station on the east side of town. As they rode along the road’s white-painted border, one of the boys was hit, thrown from his bicycle and into the road.

The other boy who was not hurt, Kristofer Carlson, immediately joined witnesses, to help his friend.

Kristen Carlson, Kristofer’s mother, echoed the words of her son when she said in an interview Saturday evening that her son’s friend was knocked through the air and landed in the middle of the roadway.

The vehicle involved stopped briefly, witnesses said, before leaving the scene.

While all of this was happening, the injured boy’s mother was at home — with his grandmother — enjoying the spring day.

A knock at the door changed that when Kristen Carlson told the grandmother at the door what had just happened.

“I thought I heard something but I didn’t know if I heard it right,” the boy’s mother said. Then she heard it, the news that is a mother’s nightmare — her son had been involved in a hit-and-run accident.

“I was freaking out,” the boy’s mother said in a phone interview Sunday. “Hoping for the best, expecting the worst. I still can’t wrap my mind around it.

“Someone hit my child and left him dead, for all they know, in the road.”

She said she was at her car before anyone else. It took about 10 minutes to find the accident.

When she arrived, her son was already in the ambulance. From that moment on, his mother said, she has left his side only once.

Mother and son were taken to Norton Children’s Hospital in Louisville.

The boy sustained a head injury, according to a news release by Jefferson County Sheriff David Thomas, and was treated at the scene before the trip to Louisville. While at the hospital, the mother said, her son also was treated for two fractured wrists and severe road rash on his face and knees, but he is expected to fully recover.

The mother said her son could no longer remember the accident, nor much leading up to it. All he knows, his mother said Monday morning, was that he was enjoying a beautiful spring day with his friend.

But, the search continues.

Around the same time the boy returned home from the hospital, the Jefferson County Sheriff’s department released a surveillance photo of the suspected hit-and-run vehicle. It is a maroon-colored car. The sheriff’s department said it believes there is damage to the passenger-side mirror. Law enforcement officers did find some evidence, the news release said.

Kristen Carlson shared on social media a photo of what is believed to be a broken side mirror.

Anyone with information should contact Deputy Ben Flint, Detective Yancy Denning or the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office at (812) 265-2648.