A 17-year-old male has been found responsible for Friday's hit-and-run in Worcester. Credit: Metro File Photo
After a thorough search, police said a teen was found to be responsible for the hit-and-run in Worcester that left a college student hospitalized in serious condition.
On Sunday, police interviewed a 17-year-old male and determined he was responsible after the vehicle was located on South Ludlow Street and towed to police headquarters for a full mechanical inspection. The driver was issued citations for leaving the scene of a personal injury, negligent operation of a motor vehicle, failure to slow for a pedestrian in a roadway and a junior operator license violation with regard to a passenger restriction.
The victim, 23-year-old Assumption College student Amanda O'Malley, was crossing Belmont Street on Friday evening as she went for a walk with her dog. She was struck in the westbound lane by a car that failed to stop and then fled the scene. She was found suffering from injuries to her head, leg and arm, and was transported to UMASS Medical Center for treatment.
The Worcester Telegram spoke with the victim's father, who said his daughter has a serious concussion with swelling in her brain, as well as a broken leg, broken arm, cracked vertebrae and broken bones in her face. He said her recovery will span several months.
"I could see the police cruisers from my house, along the side of the road. I thought someone must have got hit by a car. Then I realized Amanda was out walking the dog," Mr. O'Malley told the Telegram. "When I went out to see what was going on, the dog came back without her. I ran down the street and saw her being loaded into an ambulance."
The driver will appear at the Worcester County District Juvenile Courthouse at a later date.