Police search for hit-and-run driver who injured toddler while she played

Victoria Spilabotte

Police search for hit-and-run driver who injured toddler while she played

CREATED May. 7, 2013

Las Vegas, NV (KTNV) -- It looks like a quiet cul-de-sac in the Northeast part of the Valley, but look a little closer and markings on the pavement tell the story of a little girl who was hit while she was innocently playing in the street. 

"This is one of those cases where the child was playing in the street in a cul-de-sac where most parents would think it's safe," Metro officer Bill Cassell said. "This is a very tragic reminder there is no safe street to play in."

The 3-year-old girl was taken to the hospital in critical condition, but on Tuesday afternoon her condition was upgraded to good. 
Now the search is on for a woman who fled the scene when she hit the girl on Monday night, according to police. 
Investigators only have a vague description of the car - a white four-door vehicle driven by a black woman. Police are trying to figure out if that woman lives in the area or was just passing through. 
According to witnesses, the driver got out of the car and checked on the little girl lying in the street before she decided to take off. 
"Whether or not the child was seen by the driver before the accident is certainly part of our investigation," Cassell said. "That's why we want to talk to this driver and we want to know what happened."
Neighbors said the girl lives in an apartment complex at the end of the cul-de-sac on Cy Cliffview Circle near Lamb Blvd. and Vegas Valley Drive. 
On any given night the street is full of kids playing because they don't have anywhere else to go, according to neighbors. 
Police are asking anyone with information to call crime stoppers at (702) 385-5555.