2 teenagers hospitalized after hit-and-run in Belton

Posted at 9:02 PM, Dec 11, 2016
and last updated 2016-12-12 17:19:07-05

Police are on the lookout for a vehicle involved in a hit-and-run incident after two pedestrians were struck Sunday night. 

The Belton Police Department said a teenage boy and girl were struck near Main Street and Y Highway, or Cedar Street.

Robert Powell lives nearby and said he, his wife and a neighbor were inside around 7:30 p.m. Sunday, when they heard a thud.

Powell rushed outside and saw the girl sitting up by a post and the young man not moving in the street. Powell estimates the teen flew about 20 feet.

"I walked over to him within 15 feet of him and never heard him talking back. They put him on the ambulance and obviously to the hospital," said Powell.

Belton police lieutenant Brad Swanson said he thinks the young man took the blunt of the hit. He is in serious, but stable condition.

Swanson said the teenage girl's injuries were minor and to the lower half of her body. She was taken to the hospital, but was able to tell officers what happened.

"She said they looked both ways and didn't see anyone," said Swanson.

Powell said he is not surprised this accident happened. He said cars often speed by and don't stop for pedestrians in the crosswalk.

Another man who witnessed the incident told 41 Action News he also saw a SUV speed off as he rushed to comfort the injured pedestrians.

Officers are looking for an older white Ford Explorer that left the scene of the crash. The vehicle could have front-end damage.

If you have any information about this case, please call the TIPS Hotline at 816-474-TIPS.




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