SOUTHAMPTON Twp., Pa. (CBS) — Police in Upper Southampton Township, Bucks County are now looking for a late model gold or tan Chevy Impala in connection with a hit and run accident from Monday night.
The accident, on Maple Avenue at Stahl Road just before 10 p.m. Monday, sent Lea Foehl, 16, to the hospital. Authorities say she was trying to cross Maple Avenue when she was hit. The driver of the car took off.
Police say the car will likely have damage to the passenger side headlight.
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Foehl is now in stable condition, according to police, and her brother says she is expected to recover.
Neighbors say this is the third hit and run accident on this stretch of Maple Avenue in the past seven years. Just last year, authorities say, another girl was killed. The drivers in both previous incidents were caught.
“I heard the screeching and then I heard a thump, and I was like ‘What was that noise?’” said Lisa Cooper who lives on the corner. “I looked out the window and she was lying on the ground.”
Cooper told her husband to call 911 and rushed to help. She says Foehl had been walking with a few friends.
“Her mom was talking to her, saying ‘You’re going to be all right,’” she said.
Several neighbors told Eyewitness News that the road is used as a cut through between Street Road and Second Street Pike. They say drivers frequently go much faster than the posted 30 mile-per-hour speed limit, which was lowered from 35 miles per hour after last year’s fatal accident.
There are also few sidewalks in the area, which could explain the crashes, but neighbors and police say nothing explains leaving the scene of an accident.
“I hope they find the guy or girl, whoever did it,” Cooper said. “I don’t understand leaving.”
Reported by Ben Simmoneau, CBS 3