Atlanta grandfather in critical condition after hit-and-run

Atlanta grandfather in critical condition after hit-and-run

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Police say 63-year-old Larry Waller was hit by a vehicle at the intersection of Joseph E. Boone Boulevard and Payne Avenue just after midnight. Police say 63-year-old Larry Waller was hit by a vehicle at the intersection of Joseph E. Boone Boulevard and Payne Avenue just after midnight.
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A local family is praying for the recovery of a grandfather who became the victim of a hit-and-run early Sunday morning.  Police say 63-year-old Larry Waller--a beloved father and grandfather-- was hit by a vehicle at the intersection of Joseph E. Boone Boulevard and Payne Avenue just after midnight.

Rhonda Myrick, Larry Waller's cousin, was among a large gathering of family and friends at Waller's home on Sunday. He lives a couple of blocks away from the intersection where the hit and run occurred. Myrick says police told the family a dark blue car hit Waller, and swung him about 50-70 feet but just kept going.

Willie Bracey says he witnessed the accident.  He says Waller was knocked into the air and right out of his shoes due to the impact.  He says he saw the car, but didn't manage to get a license plate number.

Waller's family says he was returning from the store when he was hit. Since no one got the license plate number, police are hoping someone will give them a tip about a damaged blue car-- perhaps someone at a body repair shop.

"There's going to be a dented blue car somewhere-- a dented blue car," said Tocarra Pace, a family friend.  "They'll see blood.  It's something that says this is not normal."

Family members tell FOX 5 Waller had been walking this same route for 30 years, typically crossing the street and cutting through a church parking lot to reach his home nearby.  

Waller is listed in critical condition at Grady Memorial Hospital.  Myrick says he's now on life support, and is not doing very well.

Anyone with information about the accident is asked to call the Atlanta Police Department immediately.

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