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Hit-and-run driver strikes teenage girl walking to bus stop, deputies say

Victim suffers broken leg, wrist

Polk County deputies are looking for the driver they say hit a teenage girl who was walking to a bus stop Tuesday morning.

Elani Miller, 17, was walking on Swindell Road when an SUV hit her, then continued heading east toward Galloway Road, according to a news release.

Deputies said the impact of the crash propelled Miller into a ditch partially filled with water. She was taken to an area hospital to be treated for a broken leg and wrist. The New Beginnings High School student's injuries are not considered life-threatening.

Witness described the hit-and-run vehicle as possibly a dark-colored 1999-2006 model GMC Yukon or a dark-colored 1999-2006 model Chevrolet Suburban or Tahoe.

Anyone with information about the crash is asked to call the Polk County Sheriff's Office at at 863-298-6200 or Heartland Crime Stoppers at 1-800-226-TIPS (8477).


About the Author:

Adrienne Cutway

Adrienne Cutway joined News 6's digital team in October 2016 to cover breaking news, crime and community interest stories. She graduated from the University of Central Florida and began her journalism career at the Orlando Sentinel.

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