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12-year-old injured, driver at large in West Price Hill hit-and-run

Posted at 2:26 PM, Dec 14, 2018
and last updated 2018-12-14 23:55:59-05

CINCINNATI — The driver who hit 12-year-old Kenya Austin Friday morning did so while she was on a marked crosswalk and waving across Ferguson Road at a friend. According to her mother, Asia Allen, the impact snapped her femur in half.

“She flew,” said 14-year-old Amerie Harris, the friend to whom Austin had been waving. “I was like, ‘Is she okay? Is she going to be able to talk? Is she going to be able to come back to school? Is she going to stay alive?’”

The car sped away. Austin, who sat Friday night in a Children’s Hospital bed with a pink cast extending up to her thigh, thinks it was red.

Officials have yet to locate the vehicle or the driver.

“I just don't understand where your regard is for human life,” Allen said of the driver. “You hit my child and then left her there to potentially die."

A news release from police characterized Austin's injuries as "serious," but her mother said she was recovering by the evening.

Police were still investigating the incident Friday afternoon and asked anyone with information about the crash to contact the traffic unit at 513-352-2514.