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Richmond Police searching for hit-and-run suspect

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A 9-year-old girl was hit by a car in Gilpin Court Friday night and police are looking for the driver who sped off. Officers tell us the driver ran a stop sign at West Charity and Saint Peter Street. Police say the driver didn't stop and continued on to Chamberlayne Parkway. 

Right now the little girl is recovering in the hospital with multiple broken bones. Police say she'll be okay. They're not stopping until they find the person who hit her. 

Police were still investigating the scene hours after the 9-year-old girl was hit. Officers tell us a man driving a Chevy Malibu with grey and tan primer paint sped through the stop sign at West Charity and St. Peter Street and hit the child...then drove off. 

"When you have some idiots that drive around like this clown and just went right through it and disregarded it and obviously didn't pay attention to her - there were other kids with her. She was just the unfortunate one," said Chief Hal Hazleton with the Richmond Housing Authority. 

Neighbors say it's not rare to see kids playing in the street and on the sidewalks.  

Chief Hazleton says the little girl had gotten off the school bus before the car rolled through this intersection. It's just one more reason for parents to keep a close eye on their kids. 

"A couple of things they just have to be mindful of. These little ones running around - she's nine years old - she's a little girl. They get off the bus - they're excited they're happy they are out of school and they're ready to get to playing - it's Friday afternoon," he said. 

Friday police got a hold of surveillance video captured near the scene of the accident and hope it will help lead them to the driver. 

Police say they're releasing the surveillance image Monday. Officers also working on some strong leads, but if you can help police, call Crime Stoppers at 780-1000.

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