NEAR LACEY, Wash. - A 17-year-old Lacey student is under investigation for felony hit-and-run. Her classmate is in intensive care at Harborview Medical Center.
The crash happened Monday morning as 15-year-old Antonio Jarvis walked to Timberline High School near Lacey.
Jarvis was about four blocks from the school when deputies say he ran across Mullen Road SE about 4 blocks from the school.
"At some point, he went to cross the road and he crossed right in front of her and she hit him pretty hard on the road," said Lt. Greg Elwin, Thurston County Sheriff's Office. According to investigators, the driver, a 17-year-old classmate, didn't stop. Detectives say she drove to the school and told administrators.
Jarvis was airlifted to Harborview Medical Center where he had surgery and was listed in serious condition in ICU on Monday night.
Jarvis' friends gathered for a prayer service at Christ the Servant Lutheran Church Monday evening. They met to pray for Jarvis and the 17-year-old driver.
"I really hope he makes a full recovery. I really have my heart set on him," said Abby Rohr, whose brother is good friends with Jarvis.
She also knows the driver. "It's so hard because I've known her forever. She's the sweetest girl, nicest family," added Rohr.
Rohr's father, John Rohr, was quick to support the teen, "We can't pass judgment on someone who has been in that situation. I would have panicked."
Deputies interviewed the driver, she was not arrested.
Detectives will finish the investigation, and then it will be up to the prosecutor to decide whether to file charges.