Hit-and-run near middle school injures four students | News
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- A hit-and-run accident injured four children at Arlington Middle School Monday morning.
The Jacksonville Sheriff's Office media release said the suspect was an adult male driving a white SUV.
But, a JSO officer on scene later said a teenager said she was the one behind the wheel.
The officer said the 13-year-old turned herself in to the school and said she was driving the car to school with an adult male in the passenger seat.
The four students, 6th and 7th graders at Arlington Middle School, were hit by the car while walking to school.
Police say it happened at 9:21 a.m. and a White SUV fled the scene after the incident.
"When we were walking he came up the curve and he hit them and we all moved out the way because it was a group of us and the girls fell and one flipped over his car, and that's when he backed up and drove out really fast," said Anah'ya Robinson, a witness and student at Arlington Middle School.
The group of girls walking ahead of the group that was hit said it was an adult male in the driver's seat.
A JSO officer on scene said the 13-year-old told police the adult male allowed her to drive to school and it was an accident, but witnesses said they are sure it was the man driving.
"He swerved around all the cars when they were coming just to get up on the sidewalk," said Robinson.
The four students were taken to Shands with non life-threatening injuries.
The identities for the 13-year-old girl and the male in the car have not been released.
JSO said the teen could be charged with four felony counts of hit and run.
Regardless of who may have been driving, the incident has one parent worried for her 11-year-old's safety.
"It does if they're running up on the sidewalk you're not even safe on the sidewalk," said parent Iris Rodriguez.
Rodriguez said a lot of children walk to the school and soon her child will be one of them.
"It's sad. I think the walking distance that Duval county has for some of these kids is very dangerous," said Rodriguez.
Police have not released the tag information for the vehicle they are looking for, or the identity of the suspect they are also searching for.
First Coast News will provide updates when new information becomes available.