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Witnesses say driver who hit 6-year-old may have been speeding

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POSTED: Tuesday, July 29, 2014 - 4:31pm

UPDATED: Wednesday, July 30, 2014 - 8:01am

Neighbors who saw the whole incident say - Scott was driving way too fast. This stretch of Washington Avenue is between Plank Road and North Acadian Thruway. It's very busy and neighbors say it's no surprise something like this happened. Now they're hoping city leaders will step in.

On any given day you can find neighbors strolling and children playing on Washington Avenue. It's in the shadows of the I-110, and very busy.

"A few people was out here. We was just trying to talk to the little girl to see if she was moving. Like, everybody was just scared," says neighbor Nicole Howard.

A six-year-old girl was riding her bike in front of her house when neighbors say - Maigan Scott sped through, hit her, and then took off.

"She was hurt bad. She couldn't move. She tried but she just couldn't move her arms or nothing," says witness Josh Green.

Family members and neighbors rushed to help.

"It was an accident all the way around. The only thing is- she should have stopped," adds Green.

Residents say - this tragedy - is no surprise.

"The speed limit on Washington Avenue is only 30 miles per hours, but neighbors say drivers travel mush faster."

"All day long you know they speed up and down the street," says Laterria Raiford, Neighbor

"They just keep flying, like they don't show no mercy. They just don't care," adds Howard.

They want police to step in to enforce the 30-mile-per hour speed limit.

"I think the city needs to get involved. Put some signs up- children at play or something. You know, it's ridiculous. That shouldn't have happened," adds Raiford.

Neighbors say the incident is a sad situation...

"I'm really scared now. I don't think they're going to be riding their bikes anymore," says Tharon Raiford.

...That could have been easily prevented.

"You can't speed on the streets because accidents do happen," says Howard.

According to a family member, the little girl has brain swelling, a punctured lung, and a broken collarbone. She says their entire family is praying for the best outcome.   

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