Vehicle hits 13-year-old girl on Ash Street

Thursday, November 3, 2011 | 10:36 a.m. CDT; updated 11:10 a.m. CDT, Thursday, November 3, 2011

COLUMBIA — A 13-year-old girl was hit by a vehicle traveling west on Ash Street on Thursday morning.

She crossed from the south side of the intersection of McBaine Avenue and Ash Street toward her bus that was on the north side, said Latisha Stroer, Columbia Police Department public information officer. The bus had its lights on and arm out for traffic. She did not use the crosswalks.

The vehicle did not have a stop sign and did not have to stop for the bus' traffic signal based on the direction it was traveling. Police will not be issuing a ticket because the bus was behind the intersection and only stopping traffic going north and south, not east and west, Stroer said. 

"This car does not see her at all, doesn't have to stop," Stroer said. "She thought the car was further back than what it was, misjudged the car; once the car saw her, it was already too late."

The girl was thrown up on the hood of the vehicle, Stroer said.

Stroer said the dark and rainy conditions added to the lack of visibility during the incident. The girl was taken to the University Hospital with a broken arm, and Stroer said she is in good condition.

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