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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

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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