A 16-year-old boy who was struck by a vehicle while walking on a Palm Desert road remained in critical condition today and authorities were still seeking the driver.
The boy, identified in news reports as Palm Desert High School student Grant Virgin, was struck around 7:30 p.m. Monday on Deep Canyon Road north of Fred Waring Drive by a white, unknown-make, early-2000s two-door compact car.
The vehicle didn’t stop and kept going north on Deep Canyon, according to sheriff’s Cpl. Angel Ramos.
Virgin was airlifted to Desert Regional Medical Center and was in the pediatric intensive care unit at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center today, according to a Facebook post by his mother JJ, a fitness and nutrition expert.
“He is fighting to wake up, moving his arms and legs, which is a good sign. They had some trouble keeping his intracranial pressure down (pressure in his brain) so they have to keep him sedated,” she wrote.
Virgin suffered multiple fractures, a brain injury and a torn aorta. The woman was going about 40 mph when she hit Virgin, who was walking near his house, according to a post on his mother’s website.
The driver of the car was described as a Hispanic woman approximately 30 years old, 5 feet 6 inches tall, weighing 150 pounds, with black shoulder-length hair.
Anyone with information was asked to call 760-836-3215, 760-836-1600 or Coachella Valley Crime Stoppers at 760-341-7867, or to email email@example.com, with case number T122540079.