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September 20, 2012

Video: Child dashes into hit-run driver's path


LAWRENCE — Running first in front of a parked car, a young girl darted into Easton Street and into the path of a white Toyota Highlander.

The driver of the Highlander never stopped to check on the condition of the 6-year-old girl, who sustained minor injuries.

A surveillance camera at a nearby business captured the accident and a boy dragging the injured girl out of the street and back to the sidewalk to safety.

Police yesterday released the video, hoping the public can help them identify the Highlander driver who struck the girl on Sunday, Sept. 9 at 7:30 p.m. Children who witnessed the accident said the Highlander had a partial plate of V619 and that the driver appeared to be an Asian male.

“This individual obviously knew what he did,” said Police Chief John Romero, noting the driver left Easton Street “at a high rate of speed” after the accident.

The driver is facing a charge of the leaving the scene of an accident causing personal injury.

The girl hit, Yiaraliz Rodriguez of Tewksbury, was taken to Lawrence General Hospital after the crash where she was treated for scrapes and bruises and a chip to a bone in her left foot. She did receive stitches but was released from the hospital that night, police said.

Easton Street is off South Broadway between Dracut and Farley streets.

Anyone with information is asked to call police at 978-794-5900, ext. 625.



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