PORT ST. LUCIE, FL — Port St Lucie police have now identified the victim in a Thursday night traffic crash as 16-year-old Robert Griffey.
The accident happened at the intersection of Southwest Rosser Boulevard and Southwest Apricot Road, deputies said.
Police spoke with the teen’s family Friday afternoon with a victim’s advocate. Police say Griffey’s brother approached officers as they were investigating the scene. He was able to give a full description of his brother.
Investigators were at the scene Friday morning taking pictures and mapping out what exactly happened.
Assistant Police Chief Richard Del Toro said Griffey was standing near a median around 10:30 p.m. Thursday when a vehicle hit him.
Police say Griffey’s mother confirmed he left the house at 9:30 p.m. Thursday to go to McDonald’s.
An hour later police say he was hit by a vehicle. The driver came to a stop a few yards away, called 911 and has been co-operating with police, authorities said.
Griffey was taken to Tradition Hospital then transported to Lawnwood Regional Hospital, where he was pronounced dead at 1:30 a.m.
Police believe Griffey was headed toward Apricot Road.
Griffey had just moved to the Port St Lucie area from Fort Lauderdale and wasn’t enrolled in the school system yet.
Police say there was no sign of impairment.