Georgia police are searching for a hit-and-run driver who struck a 9-year-old girl while she was playing in her front yard

ABC NewsGeorge authorities are searching for a man who struck a 9-year-old girl who was playing in her suburban Atlanta front yard Friday evening.
  • LaDerihanna Holmes, age 9, was playing in the front yard of her home in the suburbs of Atlanta, Georgia Friday evening when a car jumped the curb and struck her.
  • The driver of the vehicle, believed to be a teen male, fled the scene and is wanted by police, ABC News reported.
  • Holmes is in critical condition at the hospital with a fractured skull and broken pelvis, but her family believes she’ll recover.

Authorities in Georgia are searching for the person responsible for a hit-and-run crash that left a 9-year-old girl in critical condition Friday evening.

LaDerihanna Holmes was playing in the front yard of her suburban Atlanta home Friday night with a friend when a black sedan jumped the curb and slammed her into the side of her house, ABC News reported.

Surveillance footage of the crash appears to show two teen males getting out of the vehicle and fleeing the scene on foot:

Holmes sustained a fractured skull and a broken pelvis, among other injuries, in the incident, according to a GoFundMe page raising money for her medical bills. She remains in critical condition at the hospital, but her family believes she’ll recover.

“She’s strong, and I know she’ll bounce back from this,” her mother, Charlette Bolton, told ABC News. “It’s just going to take a while.”

Police are searching for the two men who were in the car when it crashed, the family’s lawyer told ABC News. They located the owner of the vehicle, a woman who was at work at the time of the crash. She told authorities that her boyfriend had the vehicle, but cops don’t think he’s responsible since he’s in his 30s and the two males who were in the car looked to be teens, according to a police report The Atlanta Journal-Constitution obtained.

LaDerihanna HolmesGoFundMeLaDerihanna Holmes sustained a fractured skull and a broken pelvis in the incident.

“We have to learn what happened and how they got hold of that car,” Chris Stewart, the family’s attorney, told ABC News.

Stewart said he visited Holmes in the hospital and says it’s a “miracle” she’s alive.

“If you didn’t believe in miracles, you should now,” Stewart told ABC News. “The video is really hard to watch but she survived somehow. You gotta believe in God after seeing this.”

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The family released the surveillance footage in hopes that someone will recognise the person responsible for the hit and run.

Hit and run 5ABC NewsSurveillance footage appears to show two teen males fleeing the scene.
Hit and run second manABC NewsThe second male who fled the scene is pictured in yellow.

“You know what you did. You didn’t try to help my baby,” the girl’s mother said. “You almost killed my baby and I hope you do the right thing and turn yourself in.”

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