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Hit-and-run victim in serious condition

20-year-old a former student at Newman

STERLING – The Sterling man who was injured in an apparent hit-and-run accident late Tuesday night is now in serious condition in a Rockford hospital – an upgrade from his condition Wednesday.

Jacob Carr, 20, was found in the 300 block of West Fifth Street about 12:30 a.m. Wednesday, when a resident informed police. Carr, who was unresponsive, is believed to have been hit by a car at some point in the previous hour, police said.

Sterling Police Chief Ron Potthoff said in an interview Thursday that police found a small piece of a car, but he declined to say what was found.

He urged residents to think about their surroundings and alert police if they have any tips.

“If you know anyone who has a fresh dent in their car, or is missing parts on their car, or might be hiding their car, ...” Potthoff said. “Anybody who notices anything, no matter how insignificant, should give us a call.”

Carr was taken to CGH Medical Center’s emergency room, before being airlifted to OSF Saint Anthony Medical Center in Rockford.

Police said they didn’t know Carr’s identity until a family member identified him about 3:30 p.m. Wednesday.

Carr was a former Newman Central Catholic High School student.

On Sunday, he wrote on Facebook, “If you have God in your life, you will accomplish anything,” saying his status was “feeling good.” On Tuesday, he shared a friend’s status, “Success is a state of mind.”

Anyone with information is asked to call police at 815-632-6640 or Crime Stoppers at 815-625-7867.

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