Boston police and the parents of a 6-year-old Allston girl are asking for the public's help in tracking down the hit-and-run driver who struck the child while she walked with her parents Saturday night.
Police described the vehicle as silver Jeep Grand Cherokee with front-end and possible headlight damage. Anyone with information can call 800-494-8477 or text TIP to the word CRIME (27463). All tips can be anonymous, police said.
The girl was critically injured when she was hit by the SUV in Allston. According to police, she was walking with her parents around 8:20 p.m. near the intersection of Cambridge Street and Harvard Avenue at the time.
The Globe reports today that the girl's parents spoke with reporters at Children's Hospital Boston where their daughter is being treated.
“We are asking with our hearts to please give information if you have it,’’ said the father, Salvador, who did not wish to give his family’s last name. “The person who hit my daughter did not hit an animal; they hit a person.’’
Salvador stood with his wife, Jovita, speaking Spanish as Police Superintendent Rafael Ruiz translated and echoed the sentiment.
Dr. Robert Truog, the physician treating Melissa, said Monday that the child had a broken pelvis and bleeding in a lung and kidney. However, he said, more worrisome is the brain injury she suffered.
“She has a number of areas of her brain where there’s bleeding,'' he said. “We hope that she’s going to make a full recovery, but right now it’s really too early to be sure. With traumatic brain injury like this it’s impossible to know for sure this early.’’
Melissa was listed in serious condition at Children’s Hospital last night.
Ruiz said Boston police will not inquire about the immigration status of anyone who comes forward with information that leads to the driver who struck Melissa.
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