Police search for driver in hit-and-run accident

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An Indianapolis teenager on her way to school was nearly killed by a hit and run driver. She's recovering from surgery while her family hopes someone helps police track down the driver.

In a quiet calm voice, Thomas Peppers explained, "She could have been killed, how hard the driver hit my daughter."

His 14-year-old daughter, Sally, was struck as she crossed an intersection at Jefferson and New York Friday morning. The impact knocked her four to five car lengths away and she ended up under a parked car.

"I hope she comes out of it, Peppers said.

It was dark and raining when the seventh grader was struck city's east side. The impact, according to the police report, hurled the teenager 20 feet. Sally landed beneath a parked car.

"What angers me is the driver didn't stop," Peppers said without raising his voice. "He kept going, like he didn't care. He kept going."

The intersection is just a long block from the family's home. Just before 6:30 Friday morning, Sally was crossing New York to reach the school bus stop. Crews took the girl to Riley Hospital with a double compound leg fracture. When her dad arrived at the hospital, she had been heavily sedated and was unconscious.

"I'm waiting for my daughter to come out of surgery. Hopefully I can see her and talk to her and tell her I love her," Peppers said.

Investigators don't have much to go on. A witness described the car only as a black four-door - no make, no model, no year. A few broken car parts found in the street may give police additional clues.

"I'm just hoping somebody who knows something was out there at 6:20 this morning and can help out and turn this person in."

Sally is likely to need numerous operations and physical therapy.

Anyone with a information on the damaged car or its driver can call Crime Stoppers at 262-TIPS.