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Teen boy charged in Worcester hit-and-run

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WORCESTER, Mass. (WHDH) - A 17-year-old boy has been identified as the driver who allegedly drove from the scene after his car struck a college student out walking the family dog, Worcester police said Monday.

The teen, whose name was not released because of his age, was not arrested but will be summonsed to court to face charges including leaving the scene of a personal injury accident, negligent operation of motor vehicle to endanger, failure to slow for a pedestrian in a roadway and violating junior operator restrictions on passengers.

Police did not detail how they tracked him down but said they located the car Sunday.

The woman he allegedly struck Friday night, Assumption College senior Amanda O'Malley, 23, remains hospitalized in serious condition.

Her injuries include a concussion with swelling in her brain, a broken leg, broken arm, cracked vertebrae and broken facial bones, said her father, Brian O'Malley.

"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," O'Malley told The Telegram & Gazette. "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."

Her recovery is expected to take months, her father said.

Brian O'Malley said his family is just thankful the teen came forward.

“It's a 17-year-old kid. He panicked when it happened and did wrong thing. Eventually did the right thing and we'll let police deal with the rest,” O’Malley said.

Worcester police told 7News that the 17-year-old will be summonsed to court at a later date. For now they have seized the car that he was allegedly driving; that will be processed as their investigation continues.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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