A donation account has been established for the family of a Lacey teenager who was seriously injured in a hit-and-run accident earlier this month.
Antonio Jarvis, 15, was struck by a vehicle Feb. 10 while walking to Timberline High School, where he is a freshman. Antonio suffered a head injury and has been hospitalized at Harborview Medical Center in Seattle ever since.
Antonio has been drifting in and out of consciousness, according to Elizabeth Glenn, who is part of the teen’s extended family. Antonio hasn’t been awake long enough to learn the details of the accident. Once the swelling in his brain subsides, he will be moved to a children’s hospital for continued recovery. Doctors are still assessing the long-term impact of his injuries, Glenn said.
“He’s told his mother that he loves her, and he’s smiled at his dad,” Glenn said. “When he wakes up, he doesn’t know what happened.”
The accident occurred about 7:15 a.m. Feb. 10. A Toyota Camry struck Antonio as he tried to cross at the 7000 block of Mullen Road. The 17-year-old female driver of the Camry left the scene.
The Thurston County Sheriff’s Office is investigating the case for possible felony hit and run. The investigation is expected to wrap up this week and will be turned over to the county prosecutor to determine whether charges are filed, said Lt. Greg Elwin.
The driver, a fellow Timberline High School student, has not been arrested. Earlier this month, Elwin told The Olympian that the driver was “quite upset,” and that there was no “malicious intent” by the driver.
On the night of the accident, a vigil was held for Antonio at Christ the Servant Lutheran Church.
To help the family with medical expenses, donations can be made at any Timberland Bank to the Antonio Jarvis Donation Account.
Andy Hobbs: 360-704-6869 firstname.lastname@example.org