Driver hits teen, flees

Cary Ashby • Jun 24, 2010 at 6:03 PM

Other than some bruises on her right hip and limping a little, Cassidy Pfeiffer is doing OK after being hit by a driver who fled the scene Wednesday night.

The 13-year-old pedestrian was crossing Milan Avenue about 10 feet south of Gallup Avenue about 6 p.m. when she was hit in her rear by a car. Norwalk Police Officer Jim Montana said the older-model, gray Oldsmobile Alero was driven "by a pudgy Hispanic male with very short hair" who left the scene southbound on Cline Street.

"The light was red. Everybody was stopping, but the one car didn't," said Cassidy's mother, Dawn Pfeiffer.

Montana estimated the driver was going 15 mph when he hit the Milan Avenue girl.

"She was going to a friend's (place) on Willard Avenue," Pfeiffer said.

After Cassidy was hit, "her friend grabbed her before she hit the ground," her mother said. Pfeiffer said her daughter didn't get a good look at the driver.

"Her friend said the guy looked really shocked and took off," she added.

Dawn Pfeiffer was at the grocery store at the time of the accident. Her daughter was walking with a couple of friends. The girl and her mom met up about 10 minutes after the accident.

"I was at the grocery store. They called me and I took off," Pfeiffer said.

"She was shaken up and crying a little," the mother said. "She didn't want an ambulance, so I took her."

The teenager was treated at Fisher-Titus Medical Center for possible injuries to her right hip and possible sprained ankle and released.

"She's doing better," Pfeiffer said Thursday night.

Police are continuing to search for the driver and vehicle.

Capt. Mike Conney said Montana, without using any tips, checked five or six possible locations, but didn't find the car.

Anyone with information about the hit-skip accident is encouraged to call the Norwalk Police Department at (419) 663-6780 or (419) 668-3311.

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