Vehicle drives off after hitting 8-year-old Winnipeg girl on bike
An eight-year-old Winnipeg girl is recovering in a neck brace after being hit by a vehicle while riding her bicycle over the weekend.
Danika Burridge was on a bike ride with friends in a residential Westdale neighbourhood Saturday, when she was struck by a vehicle driving from a back lane.
“I was riding my bike, then it hit and I flew off my bike on the ground,” Danika said.
WATCH: Eight-year-old Danika Burridge was hit by a vehicle that then fled the scene. Global’s Shelden Rogers reports.
After hitting Danika, she said the vehicle continued driving down the back lane, onto a road.
“The car was going super fast,” she said.
Danika’s mother, Jessica Burridge rushed her to the Children’s Hospital emergency room as soon as she was hit.
After a cat-scan on her neck, doctors said Danika didn’t suffer any broken bones, but her neck would need to be put in a brace to keep it from moving too much. Danika also suffered bruises all over her body after the fall.
“Her leg was bleeding and cut, her hip was all bruised up, she was screaming in tears,” Burridge said.
After filing a police report, Burridge said she immediately wanted to find the person who hit her daughter and drove off.
“I was very angry. I wanted to go out looking as much as I could,” Burridge said.
Right now there are no leads on a suspect that may have hit Danika.
Police said they are aware of the incident, and said drivers need to be on the lookout for kids on bikes in the summer time.
“The onus is on motorists to be aware of more people out in the summer, whether it’s pedestrians, cyclists, or kids,” Constable Rob Carver said.
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