Authorities are still searching for the vehicle that struck a man and then left the scene of the accident in Cherokee County on Wednesday evening.

The victim – identified as 23 year old Gaylesville resident Jeffrey Epps – was reportedly hit by a vehicle on Highway 35, near mile marker 9, at approximately 6:40pm – and left lying by the roadway.

Epps was air-lifted to Erlanger Medical Center in Chattanooga for treatment – no information regarding his condition has yet been made available.

The `hit and run` incident currently remains under investigation