A kid biking to middle school in Kent was struck by a car and dragged several feet Thursday morning. She was taken to the hospital in stable condition.
The driver left the scene, but police tracked her to her workplace. She told police she did not know she hit the girl, and that’s why she kept driving, King 5 reports.
The 12-year-old Mill Creek Middle School student was biking on the sidewalk next to a five-lane road when the car struck her and dragged her into the street around 7:45 a.m.
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The Seattle Times reports that if charges are filed, it will likely be a week before that happens.
Witnesses were able to give Kent police a description of the vehicle, along with the vehicle’s license plate number. Investigators tracked down the vehicle and identified a family member of the driver. With family members’ help, they contacted the driver at her workplace.
Police say the driver, a 58-year-old woman, eventually turned herself in hours later and claimed she didn’t realize she struck the girl. It’s unclear if the woman will face charges. She was released Thursday afternoon.
Witneses call the area dangerous and have no doubt the incident will likely happen again.
Here’s a map of the approximate collision location:
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On a personal note, my sister was struck by a car and injured fairly badly when she was a similar age. My heart goes out to her and her family.