A man who hit a 12-year-old Tacoma girl with his car as she ran to catch a school bus is being held in lieu of $5,000 bail after pleading not guilty to vehicular assault.
Tadarwin Hardy, 50, also was charged with third-degree driving on a suspended license. He was arraigned Thursday
The crash occurred about 7:15 a.m. Wednesday in the 500 block of East 72nd Street.
Officers arrived to find a bystander holding the girl’s head off the pavement as a crowd slowly gathered. Hardy was in the crowd and told police he hit her with his Buick Regal after she “darted out into traffic,” according to charging papers.
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The girl was taken to a hospital, where she required eight staples to close a head injury and underwent knee surgery.
Hardy smelled of marijuana and had a green tongue, making officers suspicious he swallowed pot before police arrived.
Toxicology results are pending.
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