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Hospitalized teen in Oklahoma City identified through social media

About 8:30 a.m. Friday, a teenager riding a BMX-style bicycle in the 1900 block of NE 23 was hit by a vehicle, police said. He remains hospitalized in critical condition.
FROM STAFF REPORTS Modified: December 24, 2011 at 10:06 pm •  Published: December 24, 2011
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An injured teenage boy remained hospitalized in critical condition Christmas Eve, and was finally identified about 36 hours after the accident thanks to a social networking website.

The teen was riding a BMX-style bicycle about 8:30 a.m. Friday in the 1900 block of NE 23rd when he was struck by a vehicle and suffered life-threatening injuries, Oklahoma City police said.

He was identified Saturday evening, just a couple of hours after police requested the public's help. His name was not released Saturday.

After reading about it via Facebook, a family friend contacted the teen's stepmother, who in turn contacted his grandmother with whom he had been staying, police Lt. Don Holland said.

The grandmother had not seen the teen in more than 24 hours, but reportedly was unconcerned about his whereabouts.

The accident occurred within a few blocks his grandmother's house, Holland said.

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