Woman who hit 2-year-old with car turns herself in

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UPDATE-

Bluefield, WV. (WVNS)– A woman accused of hitting a 2-year-old girl in Bluefield is now facing charges.

Traci Miller turned herself in Friday morning, June 15, 2018, and is facing leaving the scene of an accident with injury and failure to render aide, no insurance and expired motor vehicle registration.

On June 7, 2-year-old Brooklyn Johnson was playing hide-and-seek in her neighborhood when she was hit by a car. The driver, Miller, stopped and told the mother she was late for work and would return with her insurance.

Soon after, Norris rushed her daughter to the hospital, where they found out Brooklyn had a broken femur and bad road rash. 

Miller has been arraigned and was released on a PR bond. 

ORIGINAL-

BLUEFIELD, WV (WVNS) — A local mother and police are looking for answers after a child is hit by a car in Mercer County on Thursday, June 7. 

It’s a devastating situation that the victim’s mother, Jessica Norris, told us could have been prevented. 

“It’s hard to see your baby hurting and not being able to do anything about it,” Norris said. 

Police said her two-year-old daughter, Brooklyn Johnson, was hit by a car while playing hide and seek in their neighborhood. She is urging people to drive carefully this summer.

“Please slow down. Please pay attention to what’s going on around you, so you don’t hit an innocent kid; because she won’t get to have any fun this summer now,” Norris said.

Johnson’s sister, Cadance Carter, told 59News they feel guilty about what happened to their sister.

“She did tell us to stay in the backyard, but we didn’t listen, so we learned our lesson,” Carter said. 

Police said the woman driving the car told Brooklyn’s mother she was late for work and would return with her insurance before leaving the scene. Soon after, Norris rushed her daughter to the hospital, where they found out Brooklyn had a broken femur and bad road rash. 

“I just hope she heals well and doesn’t continue to be in so much pain,” Norris said. 

The name of the woman driving the car has not been released. Bluefield Police Officer, K.N Wright, told us the driver was charged with leaving the scene of an accident with injury, failure to render aid and no insurance. We are also told by officers that the suspect plans on turning herself in. 

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