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  • Hit-and-run victim faces slow recovery

    The 11-year-old girl suffered a fractured pelvis when a pickup truck struck her and two friends last weekend in Medford
  • An 11-year-old girl who was one of three juveniles struck in a hit-and-run accident on Lozier Lane remains hospitalized in Portland with severe injuries, according to her family.
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  • An 11-year-old girl who was one of three juveniles struck in a hit-and-run accident on Lozier Lane remains hospitalized in Portland with severe injuries, according to her family.
    Jennifer Crews of Medford is staying with her daughter at Doernbecher Children's Hospital in Portland as the girl recovers from a list of serious injuries she suffered last weekend.
    Crews declined to provide her daughter's name, but she did say the girl attends Jefferson Elementary School in Medford.
    "She's such a happy girl, full of life," Crews said.
    However, the girl has a long road ahead of her if she hopes to make a full recovery from the injuries she suffered when a pickup plowed into her and a group of friends and family members.
    The youngsters were having a sleep over when they sneaked out of the house after 11 p.m. on Saturday and planned to take a short walk to a friend's home.
    As they walked along Lozier Lane a pickup truck slammed into the group from behind.
    "It happened in the blink of an eye," said Mark Shatz, the girl's grandfather.
    Crews said her daughter was thrown into a ditch. Two others, a teen boy and girl, also were injured.
    Crews' daughter was rushed to Rogue Regional Medical Center, where it was determined she had a fractured pelvis.
    "They couldn't fix the pelvis here because it was so bad, so they flew her to Portland," Crews said.
    Doctors also found the girl had bruising and swelling in her brain and blood clots in her left leg. Doctors found spine fractures, as well.
    A surgery is planned for today to remedy the blood clots, Crews said.
    "Her injuries are still life-threatening," Crews said.
    Shatz walked to the scene of the crash the following day and found a piece of plastic that came from the suspect pickup. He turned the plastic over to deputies who were able to locate serial part numbers that matched a Chevy S10 pickup truck.
    The part information indicated the plastic was from a truck model between 1981 and 1993.
    The witness also told deputies that the truck had a large sticker on the back window that looked similar to a Native American sun.
    This section of Lozier Lane makes for a dangerous walk because it doesn't have sidewalks and is poorly lighted at night, Shatz said.
    Medford city officials are planning a $7.5-million upgrade to this section of the road, making it more pedestrian and cyclist friendly.
    Anyone with information about the truck or driver is asked to call the Jackson County Sheriff's Department at 541-774-6800.
    Reach reporter Chris Conrad at541-776-4471 or email cconrad@mailtribune.com.
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