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Injured 9-Year-Old Phils Fan Speaks

The young fan, who was injured in a hit and run in San Fran last week, continues to improve.

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    This photo was taken just hours before Ryan White was hit on Alcatraz.

    The 9-year-old Phillies fan that was injured in a hit and run in San Francisco last week has been upgraded to from critical to serious condition.

    Ryan White was in California to watch his hometown team play the Giants on Thursday, August 4. He was crossing the street around 10:30 p.m., when he was struck by a Toyota pickup truck driven by 21-year-old Andrew Vargas, according to police.

    Vargas fled the scene leaving White critically injured. White was rushed to an area hospital where he remains.

    On Tuesday, White was upgraded from critical to serious condition and his parents tell the San Francisco Chronicle that he spoke his first sentences since the accident.

    “Currently, he is following some basic commands…We are hopeful as he continues to improve,” White’s parents tell the Chronicle.

    Police say Vargas was stopped about an hour after the accident, his blood alcohol was over the legal limit.

    The 21-year-old is charged with multiple drunk driving counts as well as a hit and run, according to police.

    The victim has fractures to his pelvis, left leg, ankle, injury to his liver and a traumatic brain injury, according to the San Fran Chronicle.

    “Ryan has a long road ahead of him, but he is strong…” White parent's tell the paper.