Girl hit by SUV while walking to school

January 30, 2009 1:24:33 PM PST
A 6-year-old girl walking to school in Berkeley this morning suffered serious injuries when she was hit by a sport utility vehicle, according to the Police Department.

Officers responded to the crosswalk of Ellis Street and Ashby Avenue after receiving a 911 call around 8:15 a.m.

A "distraught" man called police and said he hit a girl in the crosswalk. Arriving officers discovered the girl unconscious in the intersection with the man crying nearby.

The girl and her 8-year-old brother were on their way to Malcolm X Elementary School and were walking south on Ellis Street crossing Ashby Avenue in the crosswalk when the girl was hit by the man driving a Toyota 4Runner, according to statements from witnesses and the driver.

The SUV was turning onto Ashby Avenue from northbound Ellis Street when the collision occurred.

The girl was transported to Children's Hospital and Research Center Oakland with a fractured skull and clavicle, police said. She was listed in "very serious condition" and was undergoing surgery, according to police.

Alcohol and drugs were not involved in the crash, and investigators are working to determine how it occurred and who is responsible, police said.

Ellis Street has stop signs on the north and south sides of Ashby Avenue, which does not have traffic controls in the area for east and westbound traffic, according to the Police Department.