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Suspected van in gruesome Hartford hit-and-run has been found

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Ralph McGriff is a person of interest in a gruesome Hartford hit-and-run case. (Hartford police photos) Ralph McGriff is a person of interest in a gruesome Hartford hit-and-run case. (Hartford police photos)
HARTFORD, CT (WFSB) -

Police in Hartford said they have identified a person of interest in a violent hit-and-run from last month.

After following up with several leads from the public, police identified the man as 52-year-old Ralph McGriff of Hartford.

Police said he's wanted for questioning after a vehicle struck a man on Homestead Avenue back on Nov. 23.

The incident happened just after 4:30 p.m.

"It's the most horrific thing you've ever seen. This guy is lucky to be alive," said Capt. Leo Loyd, of the Salvation Army.

Surveillance cameras from a nearby Salvation Army building captured a pedestrian being struck and thrown about 150 feet from the point of impact. A license plate on a tan Chrysler, Town and Country van was identified with CT registration 395-YMM.

The van was found on Tuesday evening, police said.

The footage showed the vehicle entering a parking lot down the road then continuing on Homestead Avenue without stopping.

The pedestrian suffered broken legs, arms and a head injury. He continues to be treated at St. Francis Hospital in a medically-induced coma. However, his injuries are no longer life-threatening, according to doctors.

McGriff was known to frequent the area of Park Street and has an extensive criminal history, police said.

Eyewitness News contacted the city about speeding in the area, and they said they conducted a traffic study that took almost three weeks. They found people speeding at least 14 miles per hour over the speed limit, and added that they hope to put in speed bumps on Homestead Avenue, which wouldn't happen until at least next spring.

Anyone with information about his whereabouts is asked to contact the Hartford Police Department's Lt. Brandon O'Brien at 860-757-4089.

Anonymous tips can be left on the department's website here.

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