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Child Injured After Being Hit by Car

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A four-year-old girl is recovering from injuries after being hit by a car. The accident happened on the 2600 block of 34th Avenue South.

The driver says the little girl ran out into the street causing her to swerve, but not enough to avoid hitting the child.

The girl was alert and conscious at the time and was taken to the hospital. Her condition is not known.

It was an emotional day for many neighbors, some of them who saw the accident happen, others who came running out of the house from the siren on their street.

But when it comes to preventing something like this, neighbors say it's a two-way street.

The sounds around this South Fargo neighborhood often include the laughing and playing of the kids on the block. But, all too often, it's punctuated with a speeding car.

"Look for kids and slow down. Make sure you're driving the speed limit or slower, especially when it's a busy neighborhood," Cammi Greenheck, a neighbor, warned.

Officers are asking drivers to be ready for an abrupt stop. They say they get speed complaints year-round all over the city; and that it doesn't take much speed to hurt a child like this. But, there are two ways to help prevent that from happening.

"People just need to watch their speeds if they're driving through residential areas. And, on the flip side, parents need to keep their kids supervised," Chris Helmick, Sergeant with Fargo Police, said.

Because it's a situation no one wants a part in, but everyone has to work together to avoid.

"Especially when kids just dart out in front, it could happen to anybody. So, just make sure you're being cautious," Greenheck said.

Officers say their investigation is ongoing. They haven't decided on any charges against the driver, if any at all. They also say alcohol does not seem to be a factor.

Police say this is a rare accident. But, it comes as a reminder for parents and driver to be safe on the roads.

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