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DC teen struck by hit-and-run driver while walking to school

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DeMarcus Grant (Family photo) DeMarcus Grant (Family photo)

A teenager walking to school Monday morning says he was struck and injured by a hit-and-run driver.

The 17-year-old's mother says she wants that driver caught.

DeMarcus Grant says he was crossing 17th Street in Northeast D.C. at Lyman Place in a marked crosswalk when he was hit.

It could have been a lot worse. Grant not only survived the collision, but was able to walk away.

It happened around 6:30 a.m. as Grant was walking to nearby Parkdale High School.

"And two minutes later, he came back in the house and his mouth was busted open with blood," says Grant's mother, Dieisa. "And when he moved his hand away, all you see is blood and his lip is gashed open."

He was taken to Howard University Hospital in an ambulance.

"My son is a child," Dieisa Grants told us. "He's 17 years old. Now his whole face is messed up for the rest of his life."

She says he has lost three front teeth and needs plastic surgery. There was glass in his lip.

Whoever did this," Ms. Grant continues, "they should be punished. Because you hit him and you ran away. You didn't stop. You didn't ask any questions. You just kept going so, you didn't care."

D.C. police are now cracking down on drivers who don't yield for pedestrians. Along with speed and red light cameras, they are setting up 16 crosswalk cameras. They are mostly near schools and recreation centers. It is all part of the city's StreetSafe program.

Drivers in the District can also get a ticket for not stopping for pedestrians in a crosswalk. It is a $75 fine.

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