Jones: Girl injured in alleged hit-skip expected to recover
A 14-year-old girl who was struck in an alleged hit-skip accident July 8 in New Albany is expected to fully recover, said interim police Chief Greg Jones.
"When she was transported (to Nationwide Children's Hospital), we were told she was in critical condition, but within days, she was upgraded," Jones said. "It doesn't appear that any of the injuries are life-threatening and the family has indicated that she was recovering.
"I do not believe there will be any type of permanent physical injury."
The 14-year-old was riding in a battery-operated vehicle made for young children on Walnut Street near New Albany Links Drive about 9 p.m. July 8.
She was being pushed by another 14-year-old girl, who, reports said, is not from Ohio.
In front of them was a 13-year-old girl from out of state who was walking with a scooter, Jones said.
A pickup truck then struck the girl in the battery-operated vehicle and left the scene, police said.
The 14-year-old girl who was pushing the battery-operated vehicle said she was nicked by the vehicle. She was treated at the scene and was not transported to the hospital, according to reports.
The 13-year-old was not injured in the accident, Jones said.
Once the incident was publicized, Jones said, tips came in rapidly.
"I personally was impressed with the amount of tips we received almost immediately as the information aired on the (television) news," Jones said. "The tips came in for days and the tips were very helpful.
"People in the community were watching and it was very helpful to us in trying to help us resolve the case as soon as possible."
Police recovered a full-size pickup truck July 10 they believe was involved and interviewed a suspect who they said might have been driving the vehicle at the time.
Jones said July 15 the department was issuing search warrants and trying to wrap up the case before filing charges.
"We want to take necessary steps to make sure it's done right," Jones said. "We are consulting with the prosecutor and obtaining search warrants and interviewing people.
"With a department of our size, we do not have 10 officers working on this," he added. "We might have two to three doing all the work. We're interested in making sure this is done correctly and making sure we have all the information we need to give to the prosecutor."
Jones said he's pleased with the pace of the investigation and is glad that it was not more serious.
"Really, (the victim) was very fortunate that she was not more seriously injured or worse, considering the size of the vehicle she was in versus vehicle that struck her," Jones said. "I'm pleased to see that she's going to be OK and is going to recover from this."