PEORIA, Ill. (WMBD) — Peoria police confirmed an 11-year-old boy was struck by a vehicle in the area of Knoxville Ave. and E. Corrington Ave. Thursday. The boy’s name is AJ Gallion.

Public Information Officer Amy Dotson said around 2:13 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 1, officers located the child shortly after arriving and discovered that he sustained serious injuries from the collision, he was taken to a local hospital.

AJ’s mentor is Tony Scroggins. Scroggins runs a program called Teach-Me-2-Flip. Gallion works aside Scroggins’ within the program renovating houses in the Peoria-area. Scroggins said he happened to drive by the area and saw Gallion on the ground with a twisted leg and blood running down his head.

“It just really kind of freaked me out because he was non-responsive not moving uh when I just pulled the car over, stopped everything, jumped out the car didn’t even really put it in park and saw him there lifeless bleeding,” Scroggins said.

Scroggins said AJ was just at his house. He left with Scroggins’ children to play in the neighborhood. AJ was on rollerblades and Scroggins’ children were on bikes. He called the incident devastating.

“I was just in disbelief, disbelief because you never think it’s going to happen to someone that’s close to you. Never think that you’re going to be in an accident and I’m thinking the whole time it could’ve been all three of them,” Scroggins said.

Scroggins said AJ is more like a son to him. He loves Aj and his family. He is disappointed and disgusted with the driver, and calls him irresponsible.

“Him hitting AJ probably made him very scared and freaked out and everything else, but he made it worse by leaving because AJ could’ve died, now he made the situation for him worse also,” he said.

Dotson said the vehicle was described by witnesses as a small silver/gray sedan or a small SUV. She said it’s possible the vehicle sustained damage to the front passenger side. Witnesses said the driver was a black male, 20-30 years of age with his hair worn in dreads.

Dotson said the suspect might have turned off Knoxville Ave. onto W. Hanssler Place or another side street headed north or south.

Peoria police are asking anyone who might have seen the crash or anyone with dashcam, residential, or business camera footage that captured any portion of this incident or the flight path of the vehicle to come forward.

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