Woman critically hurt, niece also injured in hit-and-run
JEFFERSONVILLE, IN (WAVE) - A woman is in critical condition and her niece suffered non-life-threatening injuries when a car hit them near the base of the Big Four Bridge in Jeffersonville and left the scene.
Assistant Chief Scott McVoy, of the Jeffersonville Police Department, said the woman had four juveniles with her when she and her approximately 13-year-old niece were hit. No one else was injured.
The victims were walking east on West Market Street crossing Pearl Street when the incident happened about 1:30 p.m. on Wednesday.
McVoy said the woman was rushed into surgery at University of Louisville Hospital. The girl was taken to Kosair Children's Hospital. Her condition has not been released.
A nearby City of Jeffersonville camera surveillance camera immediately gave police the footage they needed to identify the vehicle. Jeffersonville Police say a 2003 white Chevrolet Trailblazer struck both women while they were standing on the sidewalk. McVoy said it has front end damage and damage to the driver's side mirror as a result of the collision.
Case Kuiper witnessed the incident.
"I saw a white vehicle - perhaps it was a Ford, perhaps it was a Chevy - moving rapidly down Market Street, and the screech of the brakes and the hitting of the curb, and then a terrible sight by seeing this young lady being flipped over two-to-three times before hitting the street, and her aunt, as I understand, was pinned the light post and the telephone pole, which probably saved her life," he said.
Kuiper said the driver stopped for a moment, then continued down Market Street before turning onto Spring Street.
Police were able to locate the owner of the trailblazer. The owner told police she wasn't driving the vehicle at that time, but a family member was. She gave police his name, but officials said he has yet to make himself available.
In June, Jeffersonville Police Department and Clark County Sheriff's Office applied for a state Pedestrian Safety grant. The funds would allow for extra patrol downtown and near schools, along with extra signage, particularly flashing signs in heavy traffic areas.
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