Dawayne Grant, 11-year-old Akron boy on his way to school, seriously injured by a hit-skip driver

AKRON, Ohio - An 11-year-old Akron boy was seriously injured after he was hit by a pickup truck Wednesday morning.

Police said the boy, Dawayne Grant, was trying to catch a bus to Hyre Middle School when he was struck on Arlington Road between Seventh Avenue and Baird Street.

The vehicle then fled the scene.

Officers said Grant suffered head, leg and possible spinal injuries. He was transported to Akron Children's Hospital. Police do not think the injuries are life-threatening.

Grant's grandmother, Cheryl Irvin, said the boy broke a leg and has several bruises and cuts to his legs, arms and hands.

From the hospital Wednesday afternoon, she urged the driver to turn himself or herself in.

"I hope that God can fix your heart to turn yourself in. You didn't stop and I don't understand why... I know we live in a very cruel world and I can't imagine a person that could hit anything and just leave," Irvin said.

Another student called 911 to report Grant was laying in the street, but he was moving.

"The car left. Can you please hurry up?" the caller told the dispatcher.

Lieutenant Rick Edwards said the boy was not in a crosswalk when he was hit.

The only description of the hit-skip vehicle was a red pickup truck.

The boy's backpack is also missing. Police are trying to figure out who picked it up.

Anyone with information on the driver is asked to call Summit County Crimestoppers at 330-434-Cops. Tipsters can remain anonymous and may be eligible for a reward up to $2,000.

 

 

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