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Mesa teen hit in crosswalk; driver sought

Mesa teen hit in crosswalk;
driver sought

Senta Scarborough and JJ Hensley
The Arizona Republic
Sept. 16, 2005 12:00 AM

MESA, ARIZONA - A 16-year-old girl was in critical condition with life-threatening injuries after she was hit by a dump truck while walking to Westwood High School early Thursday.

The driver of the truck drove about 100 yards after hitting the girl, stopped, then continued down the road, police said. The truck was described as an end dump truck with a faded red cab and full-length rusty or dirty white trailer. Police canvassed nearby construction yards and rock quarries searching for the truck and driver.

The girl was hit about 6:45 a.m. as she crossed Eighth Street at Alma School Road, Mesa police Lt. Ben Kulina said.

Kulina said the truck was southbound on Alma School Road and was stopped at a red light at Eighth Street. The driver then turned west onto Eighth Street, striking the girl in the crosswalk.

Two black shoes and a notebook remained in the intersection as officers investigated the scene.

Mesa Public School officials said counselors were at Westwood to talk to students.

The girl, who serves on Westwood's Student Council and is a member of the soccer team, suffered severe injuries and was taken to Scottsdale Healthcare Osborn for surgery.

This is the second hit-and-run incident in two days in Mesa, Arizona.

Todd De Gain, 35, died early Wednesday after he was hit near Alma School and Baseline roads while riding a motorized skateboard. Two drivers have been arrested and booked on DUI and hit-and-run charges.

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