A 17-year-old girl who goes to Timberline High School is being investigated for felony hit and run after she struck, and seriously injured, a 14-year-old boy walking in the 7000 block of Mullen Road SE Monday morning.
The 14-year-old boy was in serious condition Monday at Harborview Medical Center in Seattle, Thurston County Sheriff's Lt. Greg Elwin said. Elwin added he was unsure Monday whether the boy's injuries were life-threatening.
The collision occurred about 7:15 a.m. Monday morning, when the Toyota Camry being driven by the 17-year-old girl struck the boy as he tried to cross Mullen Road, Elwin said.
The girl drove off from the scene, and told school officials at Timberline High School that she believed she may have struck someone, Elwin said. She is under investigation for felony hit-and-run because she did not stop, Elwin said.
The girl is "quite upset" about what happened, and will not be arrested or taken into custody as detectives investigate the crash, Elwin said.
Elwin said the 14-year-old boy was airlifted via helicopter from Providence St. Peter Hospital to Harborview after the Monday morning crash. Weather conditions Monday morning prevented him from being immediately airlifted from Mullen Road, Elwin added.
The crash investigation could take weeks to complete, Elwin said. After detectives complete the investigation, they will forward the results to the Thurston County Prosecuting Attorney, and it will be up to that office to decide whether to file criminal charges in connection with the crash, Elwin said.
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