Police may have lead in hit-and-run case
Faith Huffman | News-Telegram News Editor

Police shortly before noon indicated they may be close to solving the hit-and-run accident Wednesday which resulted in a 5-year-old girl being treated at Hopkins County Memorial Hospital.

The 5-year-old was struck by a car while attempting to cross the road to board a school bus around 7 a.m. Wednesday. She did not suffer critical injuries and is "going to be OK," according to police.

The driver of the westbound vehicle, described by witnesses as either a white or gray passenger car, failed to heed the flashing school bus warning lights that flash when a school bus stops to load passengers. The driver, instead of stopping, continued past the bus, striking the girl as she attempted to cross from the north side to the south side of Main Street. The driver continued down the road after striking the girl.

The child was noted to be alert and conscious when police arrived, and was able to tell the officers what had happened to her. She was taken by ambulance to the hospital after complaining of pain down one side of her body, including her shoulder and leg. The child was examined at the hospital and is expected to make a full recovery, according to police.

After the accident, officers began searching the area, including a local parking lots, drives, roadways and businesses in an attempt to locate either the suspect and vehicle or someone who may have witnessed the incident and could provide a description to lead them to a suspect.

Police continued throughout the day Wednesday speaking to witnesses and obtaining information.

On Thursday morning, officer indicated some of the information they had obtained had yielded leads pointing to a potential suspect. Officers were slated to conduct interviews regarding the matter later Thursday.

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