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Girl struck by SUV still hospitalized

July 04, 2007

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - A 9-year-old Waynesboro, Pa., girl struck by a sport utility vehicle Sunday night is not faring well, a Pennsylvania State Police trooper said Tuesday.

Police have continued to withhold the name of the child, who they said had just made a purchase from an ice cream truck when she was struck.

"She still is in critical condition. The prognosis is not promising," Trooper R. Lewis said. He said he spoke with the girl's father Monday night and a family friend Tuesday afternoon.

The girl, who was hit on Leafmore Road in Hamilton Township at 6:21 p.m., was taken to Chambersburg Hospital, then flown to Hershey (Pa.) Medical Center with what police described as abdominal and head injuries.

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The child left the Blue Bunny ice cream truck and crossed the street, walking into the path of a 1995 GMC Jimmy driven by Dorothy J. Mellott, 47, of Harrisonville, Pa., police said.

The ice cream truck left before police arrived, troopers said in a press release.

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