Waccamaw HS student critically injured in hit-and-run

A 16-year-old Waccamaw High School student is in critical condition at a Charleston hospital after a vehicle struck him in Litchfield Beach, according to family friends on the young man.

Around 11:00 p.m. Saturday, a car hit Jasonn Russell on Litchfield Road and then fled the scene, the S.C. Highway Patrol said Sunday.

Russell, a junior on the football team and a member of the concert band, is said to have broken bones and possible brain injuries, one of his friend's mothers said.

The vehicle that hit Russell is said to be a Ford product, and state troopers say it's a small white, or light in color, car with damage to the passenger side. Cpl. Paul Brothers said the vehicle's passenger rear view mirror was knocked off the car and left at the scene.

Troopers used the mirror to determine the car is a Ford product, which means it could be any Ford, Lincoln, Mercury or Mazda model.

Waccamaw's football coach, Tyronne Davis, said Russell is a "great kid" with a great attitude who never missed a single practice. Davis said Russell had an injury which has left him on the sidelines for the first part of the season.

Russell was originally taken to Waccamaw Community Hospital, but he was later flown by helicopter to the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston.

Anyone with information regarding the incident should call the S.C. Highway Patrol at 1-800-768-1505.