South Bend woman accused of hitting pedestrian, fleeing accident scene

NILES, Mich. -- A woman from South Bend has been arrested for allegedly hitting a pedestrian with her vehicle, then fleeing the scene, according to Michigan State Police.

Just before 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, a vehicle traveling northbound on 17th Street drifted across the center lane, across the southbound lanes and onto the shoulder of the road, reports said.

The car hit a 15-year-old girl who was walking on the shoulder of the road.

After the crash, the vehicle fled westbound on Fulkerson Road, police said.

The vehicle, a Nissan Sentra, drove recklessly and ran stop signs and red lights, police said.

A citizen called 9-1-1 after the vehicle failed to stop at the stoplight at S. 11th and Main Street, police said. The citizen followed the vehicle and updated police on its location until it parked in front of a residence in Niles, reports said.

Maricela Hernandez Davila, 34, of South Bend, was taken into custody on preliminary charges of operating while intoxicated causing injury, leaving the scene of a serious injury crash and driving without a license.

The victim, a 15-year-old from Niles, was taken to Memorial Hospital for treatment of a head injury and possible concussion.

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