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Updated: Four-year-old injured in hit-and-run crash

A 4-year-old boy was injured in a hit-and-run crash in St. Mary's County on Tuesday afternoon, police said.

Police did not immediately release details about the boy's condition but said he was flown to Children's Hospital by a Maryland State Police helicopter. Lettie Mae Bryant, the child's great grandmother, said in a phone interview the boy was conscious and talking after the crash, and medical professionals "think he's going to be okay."

The boy was apparently struck just before 1:30 p.m. on Brighton Avenue in Lexington Park, police said. Bryant said her great grandson, who she declined to name, was playing outside in the yard with an adult second cousin when for some reason he went into the street. She said she did not see the crash — only the second cousin bringing the boy up to the house — but she was told a red car hit the boy directly. She said the second cousin told her the car had just pulled out from a neighboring house and was probably traveling at about 15 mph.

“He probably was throwing a ball. He probably ran across the street. I don’t know what happened there,” Bryant said.

Bryant said her great grandson regularly stays with her and was home sick from school Tuesday.

Investigators are searching for a burgundy-colored vehicle with a driver between 30 and 40 years old. Anyone with information is asked to contact the St. Mary’s County sheriff’s office at 301-475-4040.

-- Matt Zapotosky

By Matt Zapotosky  |  December 1, 2009; 4:10 PM ET
Categories:  Matt Zapotosky , St. Mary's  | Tags: St. Mary's, crash, hit-and-run  
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