Driver struck child, said 'sorry' and drove off, police say

Man sought in crash near Sherwood Elementary School in Melbourne

MELBOURNE, Fla. - A man who struck an 11-year-old child as she rode her bike to school apologized for hitting her with his sport utility vehicle before driving off, Melbourne police said.

Police continue to search for the unidentified man, who was last seen driving eastbound on Post Road earlier Tuesday after the incident.

The crying child, who had visible cuts and bruises, was able to walk to the gate at Sherwood Elementary School on Post Road, not far from where she was hit by the vehicle.

"He said, 'I'm sorry,' then moved on," Melbourne police spokesman Dan Lynch told Local 6 News partner Florida Today.  "She was upset about what happened. Motorists have a duty to report accidents. She had bruises and scratches that were visible and she was crying."

"You always stop," he said.

The student told a teacher that she was crossing the street on her bike at an unstaffed crossing when the vehicle turned left and hit her. The incident was reported to police about 8 a.m. Tuesday.

The girl was immediately examined by paramedics, but her condition was not known.

Police are searching for the man driving a silver SUV. Anyone with information about the incident is asked to call police at 321-608-6422.

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