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Girl, 10, hospitalized after Fairfield crash; police searching for driver

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FAIRFIELD, OH (FOX19) -

Fairfield police are asking the public to help them find the driver of a vehicle that struck a 10-year-old girl and then took off on Sunday evening.

Mahayla Lester was crossing the street on Southgate Boulevard at Corydale Drive when she was hit. She and her brother were making their way home from Kroger.

Police said the vehicle did not stop after the incident, leaving the scene in the direction of Sherry Lane.

"As a mom, it's got to be absolutely heartbreaking and frustrating to know that somebody would do something like this and not even stop to make sure the child was OK," said Amanda, a neighbor.

According to people who live in the area, the intersection is busy and often populated with pedestrians.

"Cars have a tendency to go really fast," the neighbor said. "You'll see a lot of people jogging, or walking, or walking their dogs -- there's a bus stop."

Witnesses describe the vehicle as a white newer model sedan with dark tinted windows and blue lights on the rear. Investigators believe the car might have damage to the front and hood.

Those with information are asked to call the police department or the anonymous tip line at 513-896-8200.

Officials said the girl is still in the hospital with a skull fracture, brain bleed, and broken leg.

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