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Boy Clings To Life As Police Seek Driver Who Left Him For Dead

John Virgin calls on driver who critically injured his son to “make it right.”

John Virgin fought back tears as he talked about his son Grant, who fights for his life at a Los Angeles area hospital.  

Sixteen-year old Grant Virgin was in Palm Desert and sustained injuries described as "horrific" by police.

Speaking during a press conference Friday, Virgin said his boy is “stable, and the orthopedic injuries and the high-risk injuries have been addressed.” During the ordeal, Grant's aorta was crushed, and injuries to his brain “are devastating,” Virgin said.

The Riverside County Sheriff’s Department is reaching out to residents across the region, asking for their help in finding the female driver who struck Grant and left him for dead.

The driver of the vehicle needs to come forward because "its the right thing to do," Virgin said. "I want her to know she changed a young man's life, and everybody he came in contact with, and everybody he'll ever know. J.J, Grant's mother, has no idea how a woman could hit a young man and leave him lying in the street. She can't understand how that's a possibility.

"If it's an accident, it's an accident," Virgin continued. "You're going to have to look at yourself in the mirror every single day and know that you changed somebody's life. It's best to come forward and say, 'How do I make it right?'"

Palm Desert Police Captain Kevin Vest revealed that multiple witnesses saw the driver stop her car following the accident, and watched her get out to check for damage before driving away.

The suspect is described as a Hispanic female in her 30s, 5'6" tall, 150 pounds with shoulder-length black hair. The vehicle is a newer white sedan with substantial front end damage. 

Police urge anyone with information to call them at 760-8736-1600, and reference case #T 12 154 0079

Helen September 15, 2012 at 04:12 PM
Oh my…what this family and their son are going through. Heartbreaking. Mr. Virgin is right in that the driver needs to do the right thing and come forward. I cannot comprehend how anyone could do what the driver did. May the young man and his family find strength within each other to not only help with healing of the physical wounds but the emotional wounds as well.
Anthony September 15, 2012 at 04:51 PM
My heart aches for the parents of this young man. I hope there is no permenant brain damage! :(
julie dawson September 15, 2012 at 06:41 PM
Did she check her car for damage while a boy is dyeing, if so she is cruel, and no one gets away with this type of evil, someone bigger than her will make sure justice is done . To the parents there is nothing harder, I will pray for your son and pray god will give you the strength to deal with the road ahead. I had a brother in the trauma unit for a month, so my heart also aches for you. My brother is fine now working and doing well. The roller coaster ride from the time of injury to the time of healing is something I will never forget, and the hardest trial I have ever experienced in my lifetime. My prayer is your son will improve every day and that god gives you strength. There is support for families of trauma victims if you call the city of lake Elsinore maybe they could connect you to one of the people in your area that work with this program.
Toni McAllister (Editor) September 15, 2012 at 08:07 PM
Police just want to catch this woman. A plea was made to all SoCal media to spread the word, and police invited all to Friday's press conference with the father. Sorry if it seems not so local, but kind of tough to ignore the request for help in spreading the word. As for the City of Lake Elsinore, the plea was meant to go out to all residents, not the city specifically.
Constant Comment September 15, 2012 at 08:17 PM
i believe that if everyone checked out the "newer white sedans" on their own streets, and found one that was severely damaged parked in a garage or driveway & knew that a hispanic female lived @ that residence, then perhaps they can make that call to their local authorities. I've read about plenty of cases where community involvement helped solve a case by directing the authorities to a suspect. It's everyones responsibility to be vigilant & be aware of their surroundings. That's how people get found & cases get solved.Wouldn't you want people to do the same for you?
LHJ September 15, 2012 at 08:31 PM
I believe the suggestion was that they could contact the city of Lake Elsinore and they would be able to connect them with someone in their area. Lovely response though, Anita Drink. Our thoughts and prayers are with the young man and his family. We will also be aware of the description of both the woman and the car and will definitely report if our paths cross.
julie dawson September 15, 2012 at 11:33 PM
Anita I did read the article the city of Lake Elsinore may know of other trauma programs, these programs tend to network. Your a dope with a tiny brain trying to be funny however it's not appropriate here.
Miranda September 16, 2012 at 04:50 PM
Just because the family lives in Palm Desert doesnt mean the woman that hit him lives there too.
Reverend Smith September 17, 2012 at 09:21 AM
I'm really sick of reading these stories. Last week a kid riding a skateboard in Laguna Nigual was hit and dragged some distance and died as a result. The car was found abandoned a short ways down the road. In majority (probably the vast majority) of these cases, the driver is an undocumented immigrant from over the Mexico border. Only someone with fake identity based DL and car reg would drive away or leave the car. Anyone reading this knows what would happen if they did this. The police would simply call in the license plate number, get your address and knock on your front door with officers covering all escape routes from the house. You'd be lead to the patrol car in stainless steel bracelets linked by a very strong chain. But if your car documentation is all based on fake ID, you just don't go home that night. You have a friend drive you to that street corner in LA and buy a new ID and start life over again somewhere else in SoCal. If for this reason alone, I'm for drivers licenses for illegals. But their licenses should indicate that they are not citizens so that the license can't be used for general identification purposes like us citizens' can be. I know, the right says don't give them DLs. The left protests against the indignity of stamping their licenses as 'second class citizens'. But as I see it, they aren't citizens of the US and this is the only way they can be held responsible for the carnage they cause on the roads.
jack September 18, 2012 at 04:12 PM
Rev. Smith, have you ever heard of a "logical fallacy"? Your reasoning is not only ignorant but recklessly racist.
jack September 18, 2012 at 04:12 PM
Rev. Smith, have you ever heard of a "logical fallacy"? Your reasoning is not only ignorant but recklessly racist.
Drew Weaver September 18, 2012 at 08:02 PM
Jack-- Rev. Smith posited that the driver may be from Mexico -- a HUGE percentage of unlicenced/uninsured drivers in California are from Mexico -- They are Mexicans. But MEXICAN denotes nationality, not race. Rev. Smith did not suggest any particular race. All races are present in Mexico. Perhaps it is you are ignorant, Jack. Ignorant of Mexico's racial diversity!
SheSharpShoots September 19, 2012 at 03:26 AM
Anita Drink. I disagree with your position on this matter. The young lady was right, these groups do tend to network a great deal. And based upon your comments, you probably do need another drink!
Anon September 19, 2012 at 03:52 AM
Andy Julian is that you?
Donna T. September 19, 2012 at 11:39 PM
My hopes and prayers go out to the family for peace and healing. My son died almost 7 months ago and our lives changed instantly. May God surround this young man and his family, in Our Savior's name.
brandy September 20, 2012 at 03:16 PM
Praying for his parents and him! And the person who left him, pray they turn their selves in!!

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