A 6-year-old girl who was seriously injured when a motorcyclist hit her late Wednesday night was walking across Gandy Boulevard by herself at the time, Florida Highway Patrol troopers report.
The girl was hit about 10:30 p.m. as she crossed Gandy in the 10600 block, which is in the general area of Derby Lane. The motorcyclist who hit her kept going and troopers are searching for him or her.
The state Department of Children and Families was contacted Thursday and is investigating, said Sgt. Steve Gaskins, an FHP spokesman.
“The child was crossing the highway by herself,” Gaskins said in an email in response to a question from the Times about whether the girl had been accompanied when the incident occurred. “DCF was contacted yesterday and is investigating that portion of it.”
The highway patrol is not naming the girl because of its interpretation of Marsy’s Law, which is designed to protect crime victims.
The crash occurred as the girl crossed Gandy from an apartment complex, troopers said.
After the crash, the westbound motorcyclist left the scene. A piece of the motorcycle broke off and troopers released a photo of that piece Thursday in a news release.
Troopers ask anyone with information to call them at 813-558-1800 or Crime Stoppers.