Teen named, listed critical after hit and run

Teen named, listed critical after hit and run

ALBANY, GA (WALB) - Officials released the name of a critically injured 15-year-old who was hit by a vehicle Thursday night.

Witnesses told Albany Police that 15-year-old Nikita McGriff was hit by a white vehicle as he ran across the street from an area near Rite Aid towards McDonalds.

It happened around 10 p.m. near the intersection of Slappey Boulevard and Palmyra Road.

McGriff was taken to Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital and listed in critical condition, then transferred to Navicent Hospital's trauma center in Macon.

According to a report, the driver of the vehicle did not stop, and kept driving down Palmyra.

Officials confirmed that McGriff was a student at the South Georgia Regional Achievement Center.

Dougherty County School officials said they were providing help to family and friends, while police urged pedestrians to use cross walks, and not dart through traffic.

"There is a lot going on inside your vehicles," said Albany Police Patrol Officer Robert Beal. "You try to watch for everything, but somebody's running out in the street. You might not see them or might not be able to stop in time."

Witnesses say they were driving a white car, possibly a Toyota.

Anyone with information on the incident was urged to call police.

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