Teen’s Family Begs Hit-and-Run Driver to Surrender

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SPRINGFIELD TOWNSHIP, Ohio -- Investigators are searching for the hit-and-run driver who claimed the life of a 16-year-old Springfield Township boy.

Wednesday afternoon, friends and classmates of 16-year-old Anthony Weakland placed teddy bears and ribbons at the site where he was struck. Autopsy results reveal Weakland died from blunt force trauma to the head. Weakland was going into his sophomore year at Springfield High School in Summit County.

According to family members, around 9:30 Tuesday night, Weakland was on his way to his sister’s house. Troopers say Weakland and a 15-year-old boy were walking east along the shoulder of Albrecht Avenue in Springfield Township when he was hit from behind.

Weakland’s friend told troopers it happened so fast he wasn’t able to get a description of the vehicle.

Ohio State Highway Patrol Lt. William Weirtz said, “At this point, we have absolutely no lead. We have a windshield wiper from a vehicle; that's about it.”

Loved ones are pleading for the driver to come forward.

“Do with your children everything you can possibly do because you never know when they're going to be taken away,” said Weakland’s aunt Linda Edgington.

“He was like a brother to me, it's hard to think you could lose somebody that fast, especially that young,” said Weakland’s friend Ashley Lynn Smith.

John Williams said, “It’s so disrespectful. You couldn't get out and see if he's alright, call an ambulance, own up to your mistakes? It's wrong.”

Weakland’s friends planned a candlelight vigil that was scheduled to take place at the site of the accident on Wednesday night.

Family members say an Anthony Weakland memorial fund has been set up. Donations can be made at any First Merit Bank.