Teen Recovering After Being Struck By Hit & Run Driver - WLOX.com - The News for South Mississippi

01/07/03

Teen Recovering After Being Struck By Hit & Run Driver

A Moss Point teen is recovering from injuries suffered at the hands of a hit-and-run driver. Seventeen-year-old J.J. McCorvey was walking along Jefferson Avenue Friday night when he was struck by a pick-up truck. The driver didn't stop.

Jonathan Mason was with J.J. at the time. Mason has made several trips back to the spot where it happened since Friday. He says he wanted to make sure the horrible accident that happened there wasn't just a bad nightmare where his best friend became the victim of a hit and run driver.

"J.J. is like the brother that I don't have cause I'm an only child. So to see him get hurt is like taking a part of me," said Mason.

On Tuesday, I caught up with J.J. at Singing River Hospital. Doctors diagnosed him as having with fractures on both sides of his pelvis, kidney and liver injuries, a fractured right ankle, and other injuries. The active 17-year-old says being confined to a hospital bed is worse than the physical pain. He plays in the band, sings, writes poetry, and dreams of becoming an English teacher. A hit-and-run driver nearly ended that dream.

"I just remember waking up on the ground in the mud. I was going in and out of consciousness and I was like what happened? what happened?," said J.J. "Jonathan told me 'You've been hit'".

JJ said he cried when he found out someone had left not knowing if he was alive or dead. He tries not to focus on that, but it's not so easy for his family.

His father Jackie McCorvey said, "If you think you're tough, find your son on the side of the road laying for dead by a hit-and-run driver."

If anything good has come of the accident, J.J. says it's that his family and friends are closer.

"I'm thankful for my close friends, especially Jonathan, because if he wasn't with me or if he'd panicked or didn't know the right thing to do, I don't even know if I'd still be here today.," said J.J.

After our interview J.J. was transferred to a hospital in Jackson. Officials at Singing River Hospital say it was because the surgery he needs is very close to his spine. They say J.J. will be bedridden for several weeks after the operation..

Investigators are looking for the truck that hit J.J. It's described as a dark colored, full size pickup. The driver's side head light was broken during the accident. Moss Point police say with so little to go on, they need the public's help. If you have any information please call 475-1711. You do not need to give your name.

by Danielle Thomas

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