July 5, 2006
A 13-year-old girl was seriously injured on Wednesday after being struck by a car on Hydraulic Road. She was simply trying to cross the street, but it was a mistake that may cost the girl her life.
Shorty before 3 p.m., Charlottesville Police and Fire responded to the 1700 block of Hydraulic Road, just across from the Kmart Shopping Center for a pedestrian who was struck by a vehicle. When they responded, they found two teenagers had been hit by a car.
A black Toyota 4 Runner was traveling westbound on Hydraulic towards Route 29 when three girls darted out in front of the car. Two of the three were struck. One suffered minor injuries and was not transported to the hospital. The second, a 13-year-old girl, suffered serious life threatening injuries and was taken to UVA medical center. Police believe neither speed nor weather were factors in the incident.
One eyewitness on the scene said that the girl was not moving while she received medical attention. According to Charlottesville Police, the teenager was alive when she arrived at UVA Medical Center but she was suffering from serious head injuries.
Police are still investigating this incident, but they do believe that the pedestrian caused the accident.