Vigil held for teen injured in hit-and-run

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by JOHN LANGELER / KING 5 News

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Posted on February 11, 2014 at 12:24 AM

Updated Tuesday, Feb 11 at 4:49 AM

LACEY, Wash. -- Friends and family gathered in a Lacey church Monday night to pray for the recovery of a teenager injured in a morning hit-and-run collision.

Thurston County authorities said the 14-year-old was crossing Mullen Rd. SE near Timberline High School to meet with classmates when he was struck by a car.  That vehicle, driven by a 17-year-old girl, was also headed to Timberline H.S.

The young woman fled the scene, authorities said, and told school officials what happened upon arrival.

Inside Christ the Servant Lutheran Church, the victim's grandfather and stepfather indicated the boy was in intensive care at Harborview Medical Center, but was expected to survive.  However, his long-term prognosis is unknown.

Attendees prayed for the boy's recovery and for the driver as well, who they realize made a mistake.  Still, the boy's aunt Wendy Andrews expressed her anger.

"She left him on the street like garbage," said Andrews, "I understand accidents happen, but she never should have left him."

Investigators said if the driver had stayed at the scene, she could have avoided getting into trouble.

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