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8-year-old girl in critical condition after getting hit by van

Posted at 5:06 PM, Nov 27, 2019

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- An 8-year-old girl is fighting for her life after being hit by a van in St. Petersburg Wednesday night.

The St. Petersburg Police Department responded to a "serious injury crash" near the intersection of 9th Avenue South and 16th Street South.

The 8-year-old was taken to the hospital with life-threatening injuries. Witnesses said she suffered a severe injury to her head and upper body.

"I didn't want to move her, but the blood was coming from out of the side laying on the ground, and I could see when I got closer blood was coming out of her mouth and nose," Sunny, a witness who did not want to give us her last name said. "I kept letting her know, 'everything is OK, somebody is right here help is on the way just breath, just breath,' because I've seen she was breathing really shallow."

Sunny said the 8-year-old was part of a larger group of kids crossing the street. Sunny said vehicles had the green light. At least one driver who saw the group stopped to let them pass. The girl that was hit was the last one to make it into the road and was hit by the driver of the white van.

"I don't think he saw her or knew why the other car had stopped," Sunny said. "She came out too late, and the van didn't see her."

"The driver stayed and is cooperating with the investigation we know that alcohol is not a factor in this crash," Sandra Bentil, the Public Information Officer for St. Pete PD said.

The cause of the crash remains under investigation.

At last check, the girl was in critical condition at Johns Hopkins All Children's Hospital.

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