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13-year-old girl on bicycle critically injured in hit-and-run

February 8, 2012 |  8:45 am

A 13-year-old girl critically injured by a hit-and-run driver in Santa Ana while riding a bike remained in the hospital Wednesday but is expected to survive, police said Wednesday.

The girl was pedaling north on Greenville Street Monday evening when a vehicle driving westbound on Warner Avenue struck her, knocking her to the ground, police said.

"The driver fled the scene, making no attempt to stop or check on the condition of the injured girl," said Santa Ana Police Cpl. Anthony Bertagna.

Several motorists stopped to help her as she lay in the roadway before she was rushed to the hospital.

Police don't know what caused the accident, have no description of the vehicle and have not found anyone who saw the accident, Bertagna said.

One potential witness -- a Latino man driving a black Chevy Suburban -- left the scene just as officers arrived. Police are trying to locate that person for an interview.

The girl sustained severe injuries, including multiple fractures and internal injuries, Bertagna said, but her condition is improving.

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