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Minivan involved in violent hit-and-run found, driver still sought

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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've found the minivan involved in a gruesome hit-and-run from last month that left a man in a medically-induced coma.

They credited a tipster with locating the vehicle.

However, the person behind the wheel remains at large.

Police said they're still looking to question 52-year-old Ralph McGriff. They said McGriff has a long criminal history and is a person of interest.

Surveillance video captured the whole incident on camera.

On Nov. 23, police said the victim slowly approached a crosswalk on Homestead Avenue when a minivan plowed into him. The impact sent the victim flying more than 150 feet.

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

He was rushed to St. Francis Hospital for a number of broken bones. As of Wednesday, police said he was out of the coma and learning to walk again.

Lloyd spoke with Eyewitness News after the crash. The footage was captured with a security camera on the Salvation Army's Homestead Avenue building.

He said drivers routinely ignore the crosswalk, despite yield and pedestrian signs that are up.

Police believe that's what the driver of the minivan did.

A recent traffic study found that drivers speed at least 14 mph over the posted speed limit.

City officials are hoping to install speed bumps on Homestead Avenue in the near future. That would happen in the spring or summer at the earliest.

Anyone with information about McGriff's whereabouts is asked to contact the Hartford Police Department.

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