HOBBS, N.M. (KRQE) - Two Hobbs boys who should have started high school Wednesday instead were in a Texas hospital after being hit by a sleepy driver.
Hobbs police said the two teenagers were walking on a sidewalk Tuesday when they were hit by a car.
"It really is a tragedy, and as police officials we really hate to see this type of thing happen," Officer Mike Stone said.
Stone said a 26-year-old man was driving a silver Ford Fusion east on Broadway Street around 5 p.m. Tuesday when he fell asleep behind the wheel.
He said the driver swerved onto a curb and hit two 14-year-olds who were walking along the sidewalk.
Police say the car then knocked over a tree and came to a stop in front of a house at 1115 E. Broadway.
Neighbors said they saw one boy thrown to the middle of the street and the other boy trapped under the stopped vehicle.
Ernesto Salas drove up on the scene.
"The kids looked pretty bad," said Salas. "There was blood right here on the driveway and blood on the back of the driveway."
Hobbs police have not released the victims' names. They are being treated at a hospital in Lubbock, Texas.
Police said alcohol was not a factor.
Officials say it's unclear if the driver will be charged. The investigation is ongoing.
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