17-year-old cited for hit-and-run that hospitalized 11-year-old

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PEORIA, Ill. (WMBD) — Police released information Wednesday about the suspect of a hit-and-run that sent 11-year-old AJ Gallion to the hospital Thursday, Oct. 2.

Police said the suspect, who is a juvenile and is not being named, is a 17-year-old male. He arrived at the Peoria Police Department for interview purposes Wednesday, Oct. 7.

Police said he was issued citations for failing to reduce speed to avoid a crash and operation of an uninsured motor vehicle. They said the juvenile was released to a guardian.

The Peoria County State’s Attorney Office is expected to review the incident moving forward.

Public Information Officer Amy Dotson said around 2:13 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 1, officers located Gallion in the area of Knoxville Ave. and E. Corrington Ave. shortly after arriving. They found him with serious injuries from the collision. He was taken to a local hospital.

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