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Army veteran severely injured in Hinckley hit-and-run on I-35

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Minnesota State Patrol investigators are looking for the driver who struck a 24-year-old U.S. Army veteran while he was assisting another motorist on Interstate 35 in Hinckley, Minn., and then fled the scene on Monday night.

Trevor Langlois, of Wyoming, Minn., was airlifted to Essentia Hospital in Duluth after he was hit by what police describe as a dark, Ford F-150 XTL package or higher near mile marker 185. He is listed in critical condition.

His father, Brian Langlois, told FOX 9 News his son suffered internal injuries, broken bones and a head injury. He underwent surgery on Monday night and remains in the ICU. Family members say he may not regain consciousness, but they are waiting close by at the hospital.

"I have seen him," Brian Langlois told FOX 9. "Nobody wants to see their child like that."

Trevor Langlois was returning home from the Hinckley area with a friend after buying a used truck for the business he hoped would support his wife, Katie, and their 2-year-old son.

"I have taken him to see his dad. He recognizes him as his dad, but he doesn't know what exactly is going on" Katie Langlois told FOX 9 News. "All he knows is Daddy is not waking up or tickling him."

When the truck had mechanical issues, Trevor Langlois and his friend pulled over near the southbound ramp at about 10 p.m. Shortly thereafter, he was struck.

"He had flashers on, being careful," Brian Langlois said.

According to the Pine County Sheriff's Office, the driver who struck Langlois stopped but then fled south on I-35. Trevor Langlois' friend told FOX 9 News the driver touched the brakes about a quarter mile down the Interstate but then kept going.

"It was bad they struck my son, worse that they turned it into a crime," Brian Langlois said.

Langlois' family, along with investigators, are now asking the public to help locate the suspect's vehicle, saying that it is believed to be model 2010 or newer and should have moderate to heavy damage on the right side of the front bumper, hood and quarter-panel area. The passenger side mirror should be partially missing and the vehicle may also have white paint on the impact area. The right headlight may also be cracked.

Anyone with information is asked to call Minnesota State Patrol in Duluth at 218-302-6127.

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