Deputies seek motorist who hit 4-year-old girl

GRANDVIEW - Yakima County Sheriff's deputies are seeking a hit-and-run motorist. A 4-year-old girl was struck yesterday afternoon by an older model pick-up, but after the driver of the truck transported the youngster and her father to Sunnyside Community Hospital, he fled the medical facility without leaving his name.

The accident happened at about 5 p.m. Sunday in the Grandview area. Sheriff's deputies report that the 4-year-old girl and her father were standing on a bridge overlooking the Yakima River. According to the girl's father, he heard a loud squealing of brakes coming from an oncoming vehicle. He said his daughter turned and was struck by the pick-up truck.

The driver stopped, according to the father, and gave him and his daughter a ride to Sunnyside Community Hospital. But, after dropping the pair off at the hospital, the driver left without giving his name or any other information.

The girl suffered a fractured leg as a result of the mishap, and was sent to Harborview Medical Center to be treated for possible internal injuries.

The motorist in question is described as an Hispanic male, in his 30's. The description of the vehicle is a 1970's Datsun pick-up, light blue in color. Sheriff's Deputy Robert Tucker asks that anyone with any information about Sunday's accident call him at (509) 574-2500 or leave a message in reference to case No. 0407547.


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