|5-year-old trying to board bus struck by hit-and-run driver
Police ask for help in locating driver of car
|Faith Huffman | News-Telegram News Editor|
Police late this morning were still investigating a hit and run accident which sent a young child to the hospital with what were not thought to be life-threatening injuries.
Police were still talking to witnesses and following up on leads shortly before noon, trying to get a good description of either the driver or the car. At that time, all police were able to discern was that the vehicle was a passenger car believed to be either white or gray in color.
According to information from the 5-year-old and witnesses, the student was waiting outside in the 1800 block of Main Street for the school bus. The bus had activated its yellow lights, warning other motorists to stop, then its red lights as it pulled to a stop.
A vehicle traveling in the opposite lane failed to stop, striking the girl as she attempted to cross the street. The car then continued west on U.S. Business 67.
The 5-year-old was able to tell police what had happened and that she had pain all down the left side of her body.
"I was out there until she left to go to the hospital," Sulphur Springs Police Officer Ronny Doss said at 10:45 a.m. Wednesday. "She was conscious and alert and talking to me the whole time."
Doss said while the girl did not appear to have sustained life-threatening injuries, the exact extent of her injuries had yet to be determined. Doctors were still running tests late Wednesday morning.
Police were alerted of the Main Street accident at 7:02 this morning by a number of other motorists. Initially, there was some confusion as to who was involved in the accident. Some reported that the child had been struck by a school bus, apparently assuming the bus or a pickup had hit the girl because the vehicles were stopped near the injured child, according to dispatchers.
However, after speaking with the child and other witnesses, it soon became apparent that a car struck the child, not a school bus.
Anyone with information which might help police locate the driver of the car which struck the 5-year-old Sulphur Springs child is asked to contact police at 903-885-7602.