Driver Hits Girl Then Takes Off

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DES MOINES, Iowa-- An 8-year-old girl was hit by a car while crossing the street on her way home from church Monday evening. Now, Des Moines police are looking for the driver involved in the hit and run.

Jada Johnson-Wright was walking home from the Freedom Youth Center with her older sister, Jasmine. The hit and run happened just after 7 p.m. Monday at the intersection of Hickman Road and MLK Parkway.

“As we were crossing the car had a red light, but still tried to zip through the red light,” said Jasmine Johnson-Wright.

The impact knocked her sister to the ground. Ten-year-old Jasmine picked Jada up and carried her to the sidewalk.

The girls say the man behind the wheel of the white or silver cargo van took off down Hickman.

“Accidents happen. I understand that, but to hit a child and take off, I can't see that. It's unacceptable,” said the girls’ mother Pamela Johnson.

Her daughter was taken to the hospital by ambulance. She checked out with only a few bumps and bruises.

“It still hurts,” said Jada.

The girls thought they got a good look at the license plate, but police say the numbers don`t match the vehicle description.

“We'll try some different variations. So if we can find the vehicle, certainly we'll issue a citation,” said Des Moines Police Sgt. Jason Halifax.

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