EagleTribune.com, North Andover, MA

March 13, 2013

Girl hurt in hit-and-run released from hospital, driver found

Police: Charges expected in crash

By Mike LaBella
mlabella@eagletribune.com

---- — HAVERHILL — Police said they have located the driver involved in a hit-and-run crash yesterday morning in which a 13-year-old girl was injured.

Police said they are not releasing any information about the driver — not the name or even the gender — because the investigation is continuing. But, police said they expect to bring charges.

The girl is recovering from her injuries and has been released from Lawrence General Hospital, police said. They said the girl did not suffer any broken bones, although she was reportedly unconscious and bleeding from her head at the scene.

The incident was reported to police at 8:03 a.m. yesterday and happened on Summer Street at the intersection of Stage Street, near City Hall.

Police said the girl was in the road when she was hit by the vehicle.

School Superintendent James Scully said the girl is in the eighth-grade at Nettle Middle School and that she was on her way to her school bus stop when she was hit. Scully said he spoke to the girl’s mother late yesterday afternoon and was told the girl was home from the hospital. Her condition was improving, Scully said.

“She will be out of school for a few days,” he said.

Police Deputy Chief Donald Thompson said investigators were able to locate the driver, but he would not say what information police were given that lead them to the driver.

“Police have interviewed the driver and we do anticipate (filing) charges,” Thompson said.

He would not say what those charges would be, indicating that as of yesterday afternoon the investigation was still ongoing.