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Girl suffers minor injuries in hit-and-run

A 15-year-old girl sustained minor injuries after a hit-and-run Friday evening.

According to the police report, the girl was on her way to soccer practice about 6:30 p.m. Friday, when she crossed at 12th Street and First Avenue Southwest on her longboard and was struck from behind by a van.

A passenger in the van asked the girl if she was OK, she said yes, and then the van drove off. The victim couldn't recall what the color of the traffic light was when she crossed the intersection, said Austin Police Chief Brian Krueger.

A witness noticed the van make a sudden movement, stop and drive off. It was then that the witness saw the victim. The witness described the vehicle as an older, silver/green, possibly a Dodge, van, according to the report. The driver was a young male possibly in his 20s, according to the witness.

No license plate number was taken, Krueger said.


The incident left the girl with what the report referred to as noticeable scrapes on her left shoulder and some on her knee. Once at soccer practice, she contacted her mother, who took her to Mayo Health System in Austin to be looked at.

This is the second hit-and-run in less than a month on 12th Street Southwest. On July 26, a 15-year-old girl suffered minor injuries when she was riding her skateboard on the sidewalk in the 200 block when she was struck by a car that came out of the alley behind Sterling Main Street, according to a police report.

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