UPDATE (4:08 p.m. on Saturday, May 27): The family of the 23-year-old man hit by a driver and left in a ditch gave a statement to 13 News.

It reads in part, “When [his roommate] found him he was yelling for help on the side of the road in a ditch unable to move. His roommate called 911. Since it was not far from their home he had most likely been laying there a while. Andrew was able to communicate that he had been hit by a vehicle that did not stop or call for help. He is currently in ICU with traumatic injuries that will inevitably leave him paralyzed from his chest down. His life has permanently been altered by the actions of someone who decided to leave him there to die.”

SCOTT DEPOT, WV (WOWK) — A man is recovering after being hit by a driver and left in a ditch for several hours.

Putnam County Sheriff Bobby Eggleton says that the incident happened early Thursday morning, sometime between the hours of 2 a.m. and 4 p.m. in the community of Scott Depot.

Once someone spotted the man, near Joyce Road, they called first responders who took him to the hospital in Charleston where he is now recovering.

Sheriff Eggleton tells 13 News that they did find the car they believe hit the man, but no one was in the vehicle.

Right now we do not know the age of the man who was hit, but Sheriff Eggleton says he is expected to recover.