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Condition of teen struck in hit-and-run improves

The condition of a Waccamaw High School teen struck by a vehicle while walking last month in Georgetown County is improving, according to a family friend.

Jasonn Russell is no longer in critical condition and was moved from the intensive care unit at the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston to the children’s hospital there.

The 16-year-old was struck about 11 p.m. Aug. 29 while walking with other people along Litchfield Road, according to authorities. He was taken to Georgetown Memorial Hospital and transferred by helicopter to MUSC.

On Aug. 30, Thomas Gallagher, 18, of Pawleys Island turned himself in to police to face a charge of leaving the scene of a collision with personal injury, police said.

A fund was set up at Conway National Bank to help the teen’s family with expenses. Donations can be made to the "Benefit for Jasonn Russell" at any Conway National Bank branch, or they can be mailed to Conway National Bank, P.O. Box 2490, Murrells Inlet, SC 29576.