12-year-old girl in critical condition after hit-and-run

Witnesses say girl was crossing the street when red car struck her

By Ben Kennedy - Reporter

HALLANDALE BEACH, Fla. - Police are investigating a hit-and-run crash that left a 12-year-old-girl in very critical condition.

Hallandale Beach police said the crash happened about 1 p.m. Monday in the 600 block of Foster Road.

Witnesses said the girl was crossing the street when a red car struck her.

"As soon as she stepped in the street, she had no chance at all," said witness Leonorist James.

"I just saw the car zig-zag, and then I saw her fly in the air," said witness Eljuste Louis Saint.

Several hours later, a car matching the description of the suspect's car -- red with front-end damage -- was discovered behind a house at 410 Northwest Fifth Avenue.

Police said the homeowners, where the vehicle was found, had no involvement in the crash, but that they realized the vehicle, a 4-door Dodge, was in their back yard when they returned home from work.

The 12-year-old girl wasn't immediately identified.

Some neighbors said cars frequently speed on Foster Road.

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