Person of Interest in Custody After Teen Dragged in Oakland Hit-and-Run

Authorities have one person of interest in custody in connection with an Oakland hit-and-run in which a 14-year-old boy was struck and dragged four blocks, according to police.

Authorities are also searching for a second person believed to be connected to the hit-and-run collision, which was reported on Jan. 2 in the 1100 block of 35th Avenue in the city's Fruitvale district.

The driver and passenger in the vehicle fled the scene, and officers located the suspect vehicle abandoned nearby, police said.

The boy was taken to a local hospital where he was listed in critical condition, police said.

Oakland police Chief Anne Kirkpatrick visited the boy Wednesday at UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital Oakland, where she described him as a fighter.

"He is one tough guy," she said. "I’m just so impressed with how smart he is, how much of a fighter he is showing in this recovery."

A GoFundMe campaign for the boy and his parents had raised more than $41,000 as of Wednesday evening.

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