Kent girl riding bike to school hit and dragged by car

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by KING 5 News

KING5.com

Posted on November 1, 2012 at 8:43 AM

Updated Thursday, Nov 1 at 5:18 PM

A young girl riding her bike to school in Kent Thursday morning was hit and dragged by a car, and the driver told police she didn't realize it and kept going.

Around 7:45 a.m., police and firefighters responding to a call found the 12-year-old girl lying in the street with injuries near Mill Creek Middle School.

The Kent Fire Department said the middle school student was riding her bike down the sidewalk when a car pulled out a parking lot without stopping. Police said the car dragged the girl off her bike and into the street before it left the scene.

The girl was transported by ambulance to a hospital, where she was last reported in stable condition.

Witnesses were able to give Kent police a description of the vehicle, along with the vehicle's license plate number. Investigators tracked down the vehicle and identified a family member of the driver. With family members' help, they contacted the driver at her workplace. 

Police say the driver, a 58-year-old woman, eventually turned herself in hours later and claimed she didn't realize she struck the girl. It's unclear if the woman will face charges. She was released Thursday afternoon.

Witneses call the area dangerous and have no doubt the incident will likely happen again.

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