Car accident nearly kills 9-year-old in Georgia

Police in Georgia are still on the lookout for the driver and passenger of a vehicle that nearly killed a little girl on the afternoon of March 29. The car accident took place in Lithonia and is being treated as a hit-and-run accident by police. As of April 1, police in Dekalb County said they were expecting to arrest a suspect shortly. 

According to security video footage, the little girl was playing in her family's front yard when the vehicle, which appeared to be speeding at the time of the crash, jumped the curb and entered the yard at high speed. It struck the girl with enough force to cause serious injury, including pelvic and skull fractures. Thankfully, the girl was rushed to a local hospital and is expected to recover. 

The security footage showed the driver, who has not been identified by police, escaping the vehicle through the passenger side. The family also reported seeing another individual fleeing the scene. Both appeared to be teenagers. The owner of the car was interviewed by police, and said she had given the car to her boyfriend for the day. Police have not completed their investigation at this time. 

Depending on the outcome of that investigation, it may be possible for the family to sue for personal injury in civil court. Both the owner (assuming the vehicle was not stolen) and the driver of the vehicle could be sued in a Georgia civil court for damages caused by the car accident. This would be handled separately from any criminal charges filed against the driver by police. 

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