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Deputies: Motorcycle Hit Girl, 16, and Fled

The crash occurred Nov. 9 at 10th Avenue North and 7th Street North in the Lincoln Highlands subdivision of Safety Harbor, according to the Pinellas County Sheriff's Office.

Pinellas County Sheriff's patrol deputies are investigating a Friday night crash in the Lincoln Highlands subdivision, in which a motorcycle reportedly struck a 16-year-old pedestrian and fled the scene. The victim of the reported hit and run sustained non-life threatening injuries, according to a news release.

The crash occurred at 10th Avenue North and 7th Street North around 9:30 p.m. on Nov. 9, the sheriff's office reports.

According to deputies, the 16-year-old girl was walking on the street with several of her friends heading north on 10th Avenue North. She turned west on Seventh Street North to head home, when she was reportedly struck by a motorcycle traveling eastbound on Seventh.

The teen was transported by air to Bayfront Medical Center in St. Petersburg for treatment of non-life threatening injuries, according to the report.

The motorcycle operator fled the scene, according to the sheriff's office.

The sheriff's office is asking for the public's help identifying the motorcyclist. At this time, deputies do not have a description of the rider. But pieces of blue, broken plastic believed to be part of the motorcycle were found at the scene, according to the report.

Have information that can help detectives? Contact Deputy William Short at 727-582-6200.

The investigation continues.

Owen Linder, MD FACP November 10, 2012 at 01:38 PM
To my recollection this neighborhood does not have sidewalks. I faintly recall a protest long ago against installing them. Or I could be thinking of another neighborhood. If none, the city is not blameless in this accident. Without sidewalks the kids are always walking down the streets. I know they are always in the streets. Not wanting to hit anyone I drive through very carefully to avoid three or four friends abreast. Pinellas is full of devil may care impatient drivers. Just look how much work our sheriff in the grey Charger finds every day all over Safety Harbor. When these frontal lobe challenged drivers traverse Lincoln Highlands' narrow and sidewalkless (?) streets pedestrians are at risk. Our city engineer should look into this or get back to this forum if he already has a plan. Then perhaps this deficiency will get the attention it deserves.
Robert Saltzman November 10, 2012 at 04:18 PM
Last night at 10 a Helicopter flew over my house low and vibrated the walls. It landed in the School yard on 7th Ave. It was Life Flight, the fire dept was there and they pulled a gurney across to the copter. Prayers for her. I have confidence the police will do their job and catch the creep.
Jeffrey Rosenfield November 10, 2012 at 04:29 PM
Wow. Truly a sad story. Thank you, Bobby and Dr. Linder, for the comments.
Owen Linder, MD FACP November 25, 2012 at 10:50 AM
For the record: Lincoln Highlands has sidewalks on one side of the street only. Considering the number of children walking in the street this area may be better off with sidewalks on both sides of the street. But planners and homeowners may say there is too little room to give up the easement for the other side. Not sure what is best. The inhabitants know there are only two ways in or out of the Lincoln Highlands, So most of the streets are only feeders to the two exit points. The neighborhood has no use to through traffic. No utility to drive fast or recklessly.. Was it a reckless driver who caused a black Chrysler M300 to nearly encircle a telephone pole on the way into Weatherstone subdivision 11/24/2012?. This was a major accident and near fatality on very light traffic Sunday. A chilling collision destroying one car.. What can Patch tell us about this hard news?

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