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Police searching for driver in hit-and-run collision that left 11-year-old injured

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PEORIA (WEEK) -- Police are searching for a suspect vehicle after a hit-and-run incident that left an 11-year-old with serious injuries.

The boy, AJ Gallion, his mother said, was in the hospital as of Thursday night with a broken leg, swollen eye and a concussion after he was hit by the car while rollerblading.

"It was horrific. It was very scary, he was non-responsive so I thought ya know….it was just really bad, really bad," said Gallion's mentor, Tony Scroggins.

Peoria Police Department spokesperson Amy Dotson said officers responded to the area of Knoxville and Corrington for a person struck by a vehicle that fled the scene at about 2:13 p.m. Thursday.

Roger Burford lives feet away from where Gallion was hit and said reckless driving on Knoxville has gotten out of hand.

"When you try to cross the street people don't slow down. They don't have courtesy at all for anybody. And there's cars I've seen go down the street, they're going down 60, 70, miles an hour, sometimes 80," said Burford.

The vehicle is a small silver or gray sedan, or possibly a small SUV, with possible damage to the front passenger side of the vehicle, said Dotson.

The driver is described as a black male, between 20-30 years old, with his hair worn with dreads, Dotson said.

The vehicle may have turned off Knoxville onto Hanssler or another north or south side street.

"It just really hits home. We loved him before, but we really love him now. Now we're going to put him in bubble wrap him because we want to make sure he stays safe," said Scroggins.

Anyone with information, or security footage, is asked to contact Sgt. Ryan Winkle of the Traffic Unit at 309-494-8285 or at

A GoFundMe page has been set up for Gallion's family.

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