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Hit-and-run at Knox school injures student and parent; driver arrested

KNOX, Ind. -- A third grader and her mother were hit by a car in a Knox Schools parking lot Wednesday morning. The driver took off and has since been arrested.

During a seemingly normal dropoff around 7:30 in the morning Wednesday, a Knox Schools parking lot became a crime scene.

A mother was walking her nine-year-old daughter into school via the crosswalk leading up to the school steps.

At the same time, another mother had her car parked right on the crosswalk and was dropping off her kindergartner.

As soon as the aforementioned pair made it in front of the parked car, the driver ran right into them and then took off.

The mother and daughter were taken right across the street to Starke Hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

Using eyewitness accounts, police tracked down the driver, 21-year-old Kaitlyn Bradley, 30 minutes later.

The Knox City PD detective says they found Bradley at her home.

She was booked into the Starke County jail and is being charged with Leaving the Scene of an Accident with Personal Injury and Criminal Recklessness.

The detective said he couldn't yet clarify why the recklessness felony, but he stressed the definition: "a person who recklessly, knowingly, or intentionally performs an act that creates a substantial risk of bodily injury to another person."

This incident marks the first of two parking lot accidents at Knox Schools Wednesday.

The superintendent said during pickup, a school bus hit a teacher's parked car.

There were no injuries in that case.


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