A child was seriously injured in a hit-and- run accident Wednesday night, but a teenage driver was apprehended in the case after a quick-thinking witness followed the alleged suspect vehicle to get a tag number.
The accident was reported in the area of Bell and Farrall Streets about 7:33 p.m.
Shawnee Police Chief Russell Frantz said a 12-year-old child was injured in the hit- and-run and was transported to OU Medical Center in Oklahoma City with unspecified injuries.
Shawnee resident Tommy Price witnessed the accident and followed the alleged suspect vehicle, then called 911 to report the tag number.
Price said he was on his way home from work and was in the right lane of Farrall Street before it intersects with Bell Street when he noticed a little girl on the curb was preparing to cross the street.
Price, who said he was worried she might try to dart out into traffic, watched her closely. After he passed her, he said he looked in his rear-view mirror and saw another car in the left lane hit the child as she ran across the road. It was raining at the time.
Price then noticed the driver of the car "wasn't stopping and zoomed passed me," he said.
He said the suspect vehicle drove over the railroad tracks so he sped up to the pace of that vehicle to follow it. After a turn, he was able to get a tag number and reported it to 911, he said.
Price returned to the accident scene, where several people were trying to help the girl.
"She was in bad shape," Price said.
Price gave his statement to police. Even two hours after the accident Wednesday night, Price said he was still shaken by what he saw and was hopeful the girl would be okay.
He said he couldn't believe someone could hit her and then drive off, so he followed the driver.
"I just did what I would want somebody to do if it was my kid," Price said.
Police were still investigating the accident late Wednesday night.
Frantz said police officers did apprehend a 17-year-old driver who was suspected in the hit-and-run.
Because juveniles were involved, no names were being released as the investigation continued into the late night hours, so an updated condition on the child couldn't be obtained.
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