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7-year-old injured in hit and run

Posted: April 18, 2012 - 10:07am  |  Updated: April 18, 2012 - 8:54pm

A young girl was struck by a vehicle near the VIP Subdivision on Kalifornsky Beach Road Tuesday evening.

The hit-and-run accident occurred at 6:25 p.m. Alaska State Troopers and Central Emergency Services responded to the scene and found an injured 7-year-old girl. She was receiving treatment from a passing motorist at the time.

Troopers have identified the young girl as Talia Tepp.

The vehicle, a white Toyota SUV, left the scene without giving aid to the injured girl, Troopers reported. The license plate of the vehicle has been verified as DYE 138.

Cpt. Andy Greenstreet said an undetermined number of children, possibly two or three, were playing in a mud puddle along the side of the road when one of them ran across both lanes of traffic.

Another child yelled at and was following the runner when an outbound vehicle hit Tepp. Tire marks in the roadway indicate the SUV swerved to avoid a child, Greenstreet said.

“If the driver stayed at the scene of the accident we could’ve investigated and found no fault on their part,” he said. “But the fact that they left is concerning.”

Tepp was taken to Central Peninsula Hospital for non-life-threatening injuries and is expected to recover.

Troopers are actively seeking a suspect.

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Kenai_newsreader
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Kenai_newsreader 04/18/12 - 11:38 am
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More info on vehicle

Repost from Craigslist - Kenai:

child just hit on k-beach
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Date: 2012-04-17, 6:32PM AKDT

white 4runner 4 door late 90s heading towards soldotna keep a eye out for him it was a hit and run !!! call 911 if you see it could not see if man or woman was driving

PostingID: 2964456220

Re: Child Hit On Kbeach (Kenai)
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Date: 2012-04-17, 11:08PM AKDT

Please be on the look out for a white 4-runner license plate DYE 138 please call in to 911 it was involved in an hit and run to a 7 year old girl who's now suffering from multiple broken bones and a collapsed lung. Please pass on.

PostingID: 2964684887

Tonichelle
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Tonichelle 04/18/12 - 11:48 am
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Disgusting!

This sort of thing happens in other places, not in our communnity. Hit and run is NEVER OKAY and I hope the driver is found and prosecuted to the full extent of the law and then some.

Tonichelle
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Tonichelle 04/18/12 - 01:08 pm
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what gets me is if the child

what gets me is if the child did run out into the street WHY ON EARTH didn't they stay? that's ridiculous.

hannahjoy907
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hannahjoy907 04/18/12 - 01:27 pm
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messed up;

oh man, this guy messed up, now he's got the whole town after him, AND we know what the vehicle looks like. Should have just stopped the car.

mrslegume
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mrslegume 04/18/12 - 02:10 pm
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Why leave the scene?

Since the driver doesn't seem at fault for hitting the child, he/she probably left because they were either intoxicated, had something illegal in their car, or they panicked. I think it's most likely they had been drinking and wanted to avoid a DUI. At least the little girl is safe.

Out of town
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Out of town 04/18/12 - 07:15 pm
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Distracted Drivers

Sounds like the driver was doing something instead of watching the road- texting, taking a drink of something (doesn't mean it was alcohol), looking at a passenger in their vehicle, etc.
People need to learn to leave their phones in a closed compartment until they can be 100% sure their interactions wont effects others.

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msjinxie 04/18/12 - 07:50 pm
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CLARIFICATION FROM WITNESS

This child was hit because the white vehicle did not stop for a Commercial vehicle turning into Robinson's Mall. The SUV went off the side of the road on the shoulder to get around the back of the truck that was turning. HE HAD NO BUSINESS passing on a shoulder BLIND. THAT is why it happened. NO excuses I'm sorry he is at fault period for being over anxious, on the stupid cell phone or goodness knows what. Enough excuses for these jerks come on! When he left the scene the phones of those around lit up to the police to get on him then. That behavior is beyond disgusting. Hit a child and flee...nice. I have been on the look out since and he better hope I am not the one that finds him!

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bigtalkahh 04/19/12 - 07:30 am
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Irresponsible

The parents of all the kids who were playing on the highway are the ones who the cops should be speaking with. The driver should have stopped but because he/she did not, they will pay the price for irresponsible people being in the wrong place.

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Localmrs 04/19/12 - 08:51 am
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Driving is a privalegde.

Drivers need to be alert and responsible. The road is made for cars but drivers do nit have the right of way. I grew up biking on the side of the highway. Thankfully the drivers in my neighborhood were vigilant and aware. There are simply no other places to walk or bike if there is no bike path. Pedestrians and bikers do need to be aware of ignorant selfish drivers. The road system here is primatve and there arent crosswalks and bikepaths everyway. So drivers need to always scan ahead and if there is a vunerable person ahead... SLOW down and assume that they will run in front of you EVERY time. It is respectfully and it will save a lot of heartbrake if people do that. Yes parents need to teach their children road saftey. But drivers remember pedestrians have the Right of Way.

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jlmh 04/19/12 - 01:59 pm
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So which is it? The articles

So which is it? The articles says that some children ran out into the road, but Msjinxie indicates that the driver passed a left-turning vehicle and struck a child standing on the shoulder. If there were swerving skid marks, then he was braking for something unexpected. Going around a stopped vehicle doesn't put tire marks on the road. Either he braked and swerved to avoid the vehicle in front of him, or to avoid a pedestrian.

I've been struck by two hit-and-runs on separate occasions (both found later). One was a kid who was terrified of getting in trouble, and the other said he didn't notice - which sounds unusual, but he seemed honest. Either scenario might explain why this guy fled.

Watchman on the Wall
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Watchman on the Wall 04/19/12 - 06:54 pm
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As usual we jump to

As usual we jump to conclusions about why the driver didn't stop from drugs to alcohol to talking on the phone and no telling what else.
Then the kids are to blame or the parents for allowing the kids to be near the road and on the blame shifting goes with no real proof of anything except the driver did not stop and now is in more trouble than before when they are caught, and they will be caught.

Stuff happens every day in life and this is one of those things.Praying for the child and the driver is what needs to be done now and when the person is caught then it will all be figured out, speculating does nothing other than add undo stress on every one.
At any given moment we all could panic and do things that would be considered totally stupid and questioned by others that have the very same abilities with in them selves under the right circumstances to do the same things or worse.

Praying for the little girl, praying for her family, praying for the man that rendered aid to the little girl and phoned in the hit and run, praying for the person, driver, that hit the little girl and kept going.

Jeremiah 6:17

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spwright 04/19/12 - 06:01 pm
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WHY ? 4/19/12

What could possible Justify causing serious Injury to a 7 yr old Girl then Leaving the Scene of a Accident ? WHY ?

The Police have the vehicle license plate number so Why hasn't there been a Arrest ?

It's a Mystery to Me ? ?

SPW

soldotnaman23
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soldotnaman23 04/19/12 - 11:26 pm
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the reason

SPW - The reason there has not been an arrest is becasue the vehicle did not belong to the person driving it. The original owner has proof of who he sold it to and the troopers are working on it.

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pd13 04/20/12 - 10:49 am
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jlmh-this is which it was

There was no turning vehicle. Clear views both ways, and Talia ran into the road without looking. it was obvious (to me) that the girl looked like she might run into the road, so I slowed. The oncoming SUV did not, until she entered the road. Then he locked 'em up. She did not notice the SUV until the very last split second.

Very sad all around, and it still disturbs me--I see it again a number of times a day. Hope the girl is OK.

Watchman on the Wall
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Watchman on the Wall 04/22/12 - 08:16 pm
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Any word on the little girl

Any word on the little girl as we continue to pray for her and family and the driver as well?

I just watched LA California news tonight and they had a 7yr old girl & father hit by a hit & run and they are in critical condition.

Bad things happen every second so we need to love our family and friends and neighbors good while we can and punish crime, sin instead of protecting them with ever shifting rights while the hurting suffer.

Jeremiah 6:17

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