A 15-year-old girl is in a hospital with non-life-threatening injuries after being struck by a vehicle as she crossed a street in south Meridian early Monday morning. The driver then left the scene.
It happened at the intersection of Locust Grove Road and Mastiff Street, south of the Locust Grove/Overload Road intersection.
“The girl was crossing the street, using the HAWK crossing light appropriately, when she was struck by a tan or champagne-colored passenger vehicle,” said Meridian Police Sgt. Matt Parsons.
The accident happened a few minutes after 7 a.m.
Witness were unable to provide officers a clear description of the driver, given the pre-dawn darkness, police said.
“We do know, however, that the driver’s side-view mirror was damaged,” Parsons stated.
Anyone with information about the hit-and-run is urged to call the Meridian Police Department at the non-emergency dispatch number, 208-377-6790.
Neighbors in the area tell 6 On Your Side they’ve witnessed a number of traffic violations along Locust Grove Road, especially when school buses or children are in the area. “Twice last week during the afternoon drop off, cars completely blew through the bus stop arm because the drivers were fiddling with their phones,” one neighbor wrote in a social media posting.
“If anyone witnesses any traffic violations in that area, drivers going around school buses while the stop arm is extended, speeding through the school zone or inattentively driving when students are crossing the street, we urge them to get a vehicle or driver description or a license plate number, then report the violation to us, so we can follow up on it,” Parsons said.
He added Meridian Police will be increasing patrols in the area.