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Teen hit by car, left for dead

A 15-year-old girl was struck by a car and left for dead in a hit-and-run collision as she was crossing Olive Avenue near Monterrey Street, about 9 p.m. Friday night, according to The Madera Police Department.

The girl, whose name is not being released, was reportedly walking alone northbound towards the nearby gym in Bethard Square Shopping Center when she was struck and critically injured. The investigation is ongoing and it has not been determined if she was struck while in the crosswalk.

“She was found unconscious with a head injury, laying in the road by another motorist. She was taken to Community Regional Medical Center where she remains in critical condition.” said public information officer Sgt. Mark Trukki.

Debris from the car was recovered at the scene.

Trukki said the girl has not regained consciousness and the vehicle thought to be involved is a small dark sedan, which was seen on area video surveillance at the time of the incident.

“The car will have likely have damage to the driver’s side, and left front of the car. It also appears the car was moving at over the speed limit for the area. We are looking for anyone that might have seen something or was in the area at the time.”

Residents with any information on the hit- and-run incident are asked to call the Madera police dispatch number at 675-4220. The line is answered 24 hours, 7 days a week.


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