The 14-year-old girl who was struck by a vehicle Monday afternoon on Center Street remained hospitalized on Tuesday morning, according to Kingsport police, and is listed in stable condition. KPD Public Information Office Tom Patton says the girl sustained facial injuries in the incident, but they are not considered life threatening.
KINGSPORT — A 14-year-old girl was injured after being struck by a vehicle Monday afternoon while crossing East Center Street.
The girl was reportedly crossing the roadway against the traffic signal, police said.
The accident occurred at approximately 3 p.m. near the intersection of East Center Street and Park Street.
According to the Kingsport Police Department’s Traffic Unit, a maroon 2006 Chevy Uplander minivan driven by Virginia L. Rose, 66, of Kingsport, was involved the incident.
Authorities said Rose had a green light and was traveling eastbound on East Center Street toward the Park Street intersection when the girl began preparing to cross the road.
The teen reportedly observed that the crosswalk had a visible ‘no crossing’ sign, but police said she thought no traffic was coming and attempted to cross anyway.
As a result, the girl stepped into the path of the oncoming minivan, police said.
After being struck by the van, the girl reportedly ricocheted off the vehicle and struck her head on the pavement.
Sullivan County EMS transported the girl to Holston Valley Medical Center, where she was treated for serious, but non-life threatening injuries.
The KPD is continuing to investigate the incident. No charges have been filed.