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4-Year-Old Girl Left In Critical Condition Following Hit-And-Run, Suspect Nabbed a Day Later.

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Source: Mesa police; MEGA

Aug. 10 2022, Published 11:17 a.m. ET

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A 4-year-old girl was hit by a car and the driver fled the scene, police in Arizona said. But now officers said they caught the suspect.

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Around 4 p.m. on Aug. 7, a silver, four-door sedan hit the victim at an intersection in Mesa, Arizona, police said. The suspect then fled the area.

Witnesses gave police a vehicle description and said it was driven by a woman with long hair, police noted. Video surveillance in the area showed the vehicle had a black bumper sticker and a red and white object in the back seat.

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The next day, police found the vehicle at an apartment complex, authorities said.

The spot where the car was parked belonged to 48-year-old Veronica Laprada and she was identified as the driver, police said. She was arrested and charged with failing to remain on scene of a serious physical injury collision.

Police said the 4-year-old girl was taken to the hospital with numerous injuries, including a brain bleed and a punctured lung. She is expected to survive.


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