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Boy running from store clerk hit by car

By Linda Looney-Bond

lbond@news-daily.com

After being confronted for allegedly shoplifting from a Riverdale convenience store, police say a 12-year-old boy ran from the store clerk Friday morning into traffic on Ga. Highway 85, where he was struck by a car.

Police said the boy was in stable condition at an Atlanta children's hospital Friday afternoon.

The injured boy, and another boy, allegedly stole five packs of Orbit gum and unknown amounts of Now and Laters, Starburst, and Life Saver Gummys, with a total value of $14, according to a Clayton County Police report.

The incident occurred at the Shell Gas Station at 5883 Ga. Highway 85 in Riverdale, according to the report.

Video surveillance at the store captured the boys placing the candy in their pockets, the report states.

The store clerk, Altaf Madhani, 24, told police that when he confronted the boys, they ran from the store and he ran after them. Madhani told police that when they reached Ga. 85, he stopped chasing the boys.

Officer John Ivey wrote in the police report that another angle of the surveillance video showed that Madhani did stop chasing the boys when they reached the roadway.

"The offender was able to make it across [southbound] traffic, but as he attempted to cross northbound traffic he was struck by a vehicle," Ivey wrote in the report.

Police responded to a report of a person hit by a car at the intersection of Ga. 85 and Garden Walk Boulevard, around 7:53 a.m., the police report states.

"A blue 2003 Honda Accord ran completely over him, and the guy who was chasing him said he stayed until medical personnel arrived," said Officer Otis Willis, a spokesman for the Clayton County Police Department.

"He [the boy] was Life Flighted to Egleston. He's stable," Willis said Friday afternoon.

The juvenile was charged with theft by shoplifting, according to Willis. The other suspect fled the scene and had not been located by Friday afternoon, he said.

The driver of the vehicle that struck the juvenile, Yashica Finch, of Riverdale, stopped at the scene and was not charged, according to Willis. He said the store clerk, also, was not facing charges.