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Woman seriously injured in hit-and-run near Sanford

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One woman has life threatening injuries, after she was hit by a car crossing the road to work.

Tonight police are still looking for the driver of the car who hit her.

The accident happened near the intersection of 21st and South Grange Avenue near Sanford Hospital.

Police think there is damage to the front passenger side and possibly a cracked windshield.

They say they're looking for a light blue or silver, four-door, 2001 to 2005 Honda Civic.

They don't have a description of the driver at this time.

Police say the accident happened around 7:15 this morning, as the two women were walking to work at Sanford Hospital.

Officer Clemens said, "I don't think the car stopped at all I think it continued. But just the little bit that I heard, I think it was pretty obvious that the driver would have known that they hit somebody."

One woman made it to the other side safely, but her co-worker was taken to the hospital with life threatening injuries.

"She was flown hit went up into the air, I'm not sure exactly what part she was hit we believe there is front end damage to the car." said Officer Clemens.

Even though this area has a lot of traffic, Orlen Tschetter with Sanford Health says they take extra precautions to keep these kinds of accidents to a minimum.

"Fortunately the number of accidents has not been significant. We're always saddened and we're always somewhat dismayed when those accidents do occur." He said.

There are many crosswalks in the area to keep pedestrians safe.

"We work together with the city to make sure we have the best overall plan for safety for people crossing streets." Tschetter said.

Tschetter added he does not think the area near Sanford is any more dangerous than other part of town.

"There are differences, of course, in drivers. Some drivers are perhaps more cautious and maybe exercise more safety than others. And I think we fit well into the main stream of what happens in our community in general." Said Tschetter.

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