Driver charged in alleged hit and run accident

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The woman who allegedly struck down a Villa Primary School student last Friday afternoon has been charged for allegedly leaving the scene of the accident and dangerous driving.
The accused — Karen Francis – is expected in court today and is said to be represented by attorney Leon Chaku Symister.
Over the weekend, a police source close to the investigation told OBSERVER media that preliminary evidence showed the woman did not appear to be at fault.
That source had said the injured child ran in front the woman’s vehicle as it was moving along the usually busy street.
The accident occurred shortly after 3 pm on Popeshead Street and a number of residents condemned the driver for leaving the scene.
Reports are that after the accident, she stopped the vehicle, exited, spoke to people on the scene and left after she was told the ambulance was on its way. The child sustained a broken left leg and was taken to the hospital.
The police source who spoke earlier said that the woman only turned herself in to police some two hours after the accident.
The woman told police she left the scene because she was unaware that it was her vehicle which had struck the child and she only realised this after she heard the news from a relative.

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