Jacksonville police seek vehicle following traffic injury to girl
by Laura Gaddy
Dec 04, 2013 | 5128 views |  0 comments | 121 121 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Jacksonville police are searching for the driver of a white, four-door truck that a witness said struck a 11-year-old girl after a city Christmas event Monday.

The girl, Mekenzie Frain, was not seriously injured in the accident, which occurred on the west side of the Public Square after the city’s Christmas lighting ceremony, the girl’s grandmother, Janice Hammond, said. Hammond said her granddaughter was crossing the street when the truck struck the girl as her mother tried to push her out of the way.

“Mekenzie was somewhat airborne when the truck hit the lower part of her body and the truck just kept on going,” Hammond said. “She’s real sore this morning.”

An attempt to reach the girl’s mother, Tessa Frain, was not immediately successful Tuesday afternoon.

Jacksonville police Chief Tommy Thompson confirmed that the incident happened, but said no police report was filed and that he didn’t know about the incident until Tuesday afternoon.

Hammond said people leaving the event Monday evening stopped to ask if the girl was OK as the girl’s mother carried her to the car to take her to an emergency room.

“She said, ‘It was my first hit-and-run and I didn’t know what to do,’” Hammond said, reciting the mother’s statement.

Anyone with more information about the incident can contact the Jacksonville Police Department at (256) 435-6448.

Staff writer Laura Gaddy: 256-235-3544. On Twitter @LGaddy_Star.

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