11-Year-Old Girl Injured In Ave Maria Hit-And-Run While Riding Bike To School

An 11-year-old girl was transported to the hospital Thursday night after a driver hit her in Ave Maria in Collier County and left the scene.

Authorities say she was riding her bike to school in the community when she was hit.

Her mother, Brande Benavidez, is angry someone hit her daughter with a car and never stopped.

“A person that just leaves a bleeding child on the street unconscious is just walking away with a citation?” Benavidez said.

Benavidez’s daughter, Alessandra, was with several classmates when she was hit.

“According to all witnesses that were there, she stops; they get out of the car to look at my daughter and assume that the person is coming back; they look to the right; the person flees the scene and completely leaves,” Benavidez said.

Crash investigators say the driver eventually returned to the scene but, by then, first responders had already raced Alessandra to the hospital.

Collier County Sheriff’s Office gave the driver a citation but said the crash is still under investigation.

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