published Monday, November 4th, 2013

9-year-old girl struck by SUV in Bradley County

A 9-year-old girl is in stable condition at Erlanger hospital after she was hit by an SUV in Bradley County, Tenn., on Sunday afternoon, according to the Tennessee Highway Patrol.

The little girl, a regular customer at the One Stop gas station at Spring Place and Hughes Lake roads, was buying something to drink at approximately 2 p.m. When she tried to leave and cross the street, she was struck by a Jeep Cherokee.

The girl suffered a broken leg, a bruised kidney and a scraped head, but a Tennessee Highway Patrol officer described her as in "good spirits," with relatives at her bedside.

Police reviewed the store's security camera footage and found that she had looked both ways to let another car pass, but then only looked left on her second attempt. She stepped into the road and was struck by the Jeep.

Footage showed that the girl visited the store and made the purchase by herself, but employees say she is a regular customer of the shop.

Tennessee Highway Patrol Lt. Carey Hixson said police are mapping the Jeep's damage and skid marks to determine speed at the time of the crash. No charges have been filed, Hixson said.

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